The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Water Management and Conservation Research Unit in Maricopa, Arizona seeks a Research Geneticist, GS-12/13 ($79,480.00 to $122,868.00 / per year plus benefits). The mission of the Water Management and Conservation Research Unit is to develop sustainable water and soil management practices, new germplasm for agricultural and urban landscapes, that increase water use efficiency, agricultural productivity, and ecosystem services in arid environments. The position takes leadership in planning and conducting plant improvement and genetic research that develops improved turf crops for semiarid and arid regions. Participates as a member of a team that links improved turf crops with management practices to ensure optimal resource utilization and ecosystem services in the Southwest. Responsible for assembling and evaluating a broad range of genetic diversity in these species. Identifies promising germplasm for genetic analysis. Identifies and tests the breeding value of molecular markers associated with valuable traits, and releasing adapted, germplasm that produces high quality turf. Cooperates with federal, state, and industrial scientists. Participates in the ARS consortium for turfgrass abiotic stress tolerance improvement and genomic analyses. See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/573703200
for details and directions on how to apply. This vacancy is open for application on July 17, 2020 and will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of August 17, 2020. U.S. citizenship is required for this permanent position. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability or age.
Telecommuting is allowed.
USDA-ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products,assess the nutritional needs of Americans,sustain a competitive agricultural economy, enhance the natural resource base and the environment, and provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.
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