Interdisciplinary Research Molecular Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist (Plants)

Department Of Agriculture Aberdeen , ID 83210

Posted 2 months ago

  • Duties

HelpDuties Summary

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.


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The incumbent will be assigned to the Potato Breeding and Genetics program located within the USDA-ARS Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit, Aberdeen, ID. Research responsibilities involve the development of molecular marker technology for potato suitable for implementation in the breeding program, thereby facilitating the development of enhanced potato germplasm and speeding varietal development. The assignment is to use molecular and genetic approaches to: 1) develop genetic markers for the improvement of potato with emphasis on disease and pest resistance; and 2) incorporate genes affecting targeted traits into adapted potato germplasm using marker technology in collaboration with other scientists.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - To field sites and conferences

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0440 Genetics
    0434 Plant Pathology
    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • A Ph.D. is required that was obtained within the last four years

  • Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements must be met

  • Pre-employment fingerprint check with successful adjudication is required

  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.


This position requires a Ph.D in Molecular Biology or Plant Pathology or Plant Genetics or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Advanced knowledge of traditional and molecular plant breeding and genetics, statistics, and experimental design is highly desired. Highly desirable candidates are well organized, operate independently, possess creativity to use their advanced degree to apply to the enhancement of potato, and have good verbal and written communicative skills.

Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty. Application materials will not be returned.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

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Interdisciplinary Research Molecular Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist (Plants)

Department Of Agriculture