The USDA, ARS, Midwest Area is seeking a Supervisory Research Agricultural Engineer/Horticulturist/Plant Pathologist to serve as Research Leader of the Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU) located in Wooster, Ohio at the Ohio State University (OSU), Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OSU/OARDC), with a worksite at the University of Toledo (UT), Toledo, Ohio.
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The goals of the ATRU are to improve the nutritional status of floral and nursery crops, enhance water management while assuring a safe environment and food supply, and reduce pesticide use by developing methods and systems to more effectively apply disease and pest control and bioregulating compounds to floral and nursery crops.
The incumbent leads, directs, and conducts personal and team research to enhance floral and nursery crop production and protection while safeguarding environmental quality and food and worker safety. Supervisory duties include providing leadership and line authority over ATRU resources, and working with internal and external cooperators and stakeholders.
Specific personal research objectives may include:
Understanding and managing horticultural insects in nursery crops.
Developing technologies to improve the accuracy of pesticide, water, and fertilizer delivery systems.
Studying greenhouse floral production through the use of soilless media and hydroponics systems.
Identifying pathogens and fungicide residues in nursery and greenhouse crops.
Pesticide registration and label expansion for ornamental and minor food-use crops.
Supervisory duties may include:
Providing vision, exercising leadership, and maintaining line authority over scientists and support personnel assigned to the Unit.
Ensuring the Unit's research is integrated into national strategies for crop protection and production.
Maintaining and enhancing the creativity and productivity of the Unit.
Hiring appropriate personnel and managing the human, fiscal, and physical resources assigned to the Unit.
Serving as the Unit fund holder.
Providing technical information and consultation, to both internal and external cooperators and stakeholders.
Ensuring the proper interpretation and reporting of scientific research results and information.
Providing team leadership in cooperative research with the OSU/OARDC, OSU, and UT.
Occasional travel - Travel is required to attend scientific meetings and conferences, training, and leadership meetings.
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
Successful completion of a 3 year probationary period.
Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
U.S. Citizenship Required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Satisfactory completion of a 1 year supervisory probationary period.
This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation. Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check. Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation. The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.
CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.
To be considered for a research scientist position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.
Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected. For this reason, you are encouraged to apply at all grade levels. A peer review will be required for selections made at grades GS-13 and above and the selectee will be required to submit supplemental materials.
Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology.
*Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.
This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
Your education and experience will be evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any additional requirements) listed below.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Agricultural Engineer Series, 0890:
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
1.Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Boards eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
2.Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
3.Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
4.Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelors degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
For more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at: http://www.nspe.org.
The FE examination is not administered by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: http://www.nspe.org/Licensure/HowtoGetLicensed/index.html.
Horticulture Series, 0437:
Degree: horticulture; or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post harvest handling of horticultural crops.
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in horticulture or a related discipline of basic plant science that included at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, of which at least 16 semester hours were in horticultural subjects such as those dealing with the breeding, care, management, production, and post harvest handling of horticultural crops, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Plant Pathology Series, 0434:
Degree: plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.
GS-14: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service planning and conducting independent research related to nursery and floral crop production and protection; managing personnel, materials, equipment, resources, and facilities needed to accomplish research goals; presenting research results related to crop production and protection to professional societies and others outside of organization; and publishing independent research results related to crop production and protection in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
GS-15: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service leading a team conducting collaborative research related to nursery and floral crop production and protection; managing personnel, materials, equipment, resources, and facilities needed to accomplish research goals; and publishing independent research results related to crop production and protection in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
Supervisory/Managerial Competencies - the following KSAs will also be used to evaluate candidates in the interview and selection process:
1.Ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic thinking, technology management, and political savvy.)
2.Ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.
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