The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Maricopa, Arizona, seeks applicants for a permanent, full-time Supervisory Research Plant Physiologist / Supervisory Research Geneticist (Plants) / Supervisory Research Agricultural Engineer (Research Leader). Incumbent will provide technical and program leadership to a multi-disciplinary team, supervise and mentor scientists, manage fiscal and physical resources, and foster research excellence towards improving sustainability, productivity and profitability of U.S. agriculture in arid agroecosystems (GS 14/15; $112,801 to $172,490 annually plus benefits).
Personal research should complement existing team with field and/or laboratory-based research that enhances efforts in enhancing crop plants for drought and heat stress tolerance, improving industrial crop production, or increasing crop resilience to climate change.
Research could include one or more of the following: data science and analytical approaches that underpin crop trait discovery; providing novel methods of high throughput phenotyping (HTP); characterizing crops responses to heat and drought and elucidate genes and stress response pathways that inform crop management and improvement; predicting impacts and developing adaptations of cropping systems to climate change.
Directly supervising, evaluating and mentoring research scientists and technicians. Utilizes communication skills and team building to manage the Unit's fiscal, physical, and human resources.
Develops and maintains productive interactions with a variety of research partners, customers, and stakeholders. Represents USDA and ARS on all matters related to the Unit's mission and research programs. Research is conducted in support of ARS National Program (NP) 301 - Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics, and Genetic Improvement and NP 212 - Climate Change, Soils & Emissions.
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/.
Successful completion of a three-year probationary period.
Internal Number: 607074400
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