Interdisciplinary Post Doc Researcher

Employer
USDA ARS PPPSR
Location
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Salary
Salary $61,218 per year, 2-Yr Appointment
Posted
Nov 27, 2018
Closes
Dec 27, 2018
Ref
RA-18-025H
Career Level
Postdoctoral
Education Level
PhD
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type
Government

**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR December 31, 2018**

The USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit, Fayetteville, Arkansas, is seeking an Interdisciplinary Post Doc Researcher. The mission of this project is to advance understandings of agricultural systems, which include interactions linking hydrology with soil health, plant growth, and nutrient cycling for the promotion of optimal function for healthy agricultural systems. The incumbent is a USDA-ARS Post-Doctoral Research Associate located within the University of Arkansas Campus, Fayetteville, AR. The incumbent will be part of a multidisciplinary team of ARS and University scientists at several locations to improve methods for integrating datasets from different sources and scales for improved visualization and statistical procedures for multiple trophic-level research. The incumbent will also be responsible for providing expertise in handling spatially and temporally diverse data sets and ultimately to develop a data management and analytical tool which includes workflows, interpretation methodology, analysis and a delivery system for identifying optimal systems for sustainable intensification or diversification. The assignment requires a professional knowledge of hydrology, soil science (chemistry, microbiology, or nutrient management), physical science, plant science, agronomy, agricultural engineering or related discipline of computer science or engineering, and an understanding of crop responses to soil, climate, and nutrient constraints. Working knowledge of hydrologic simulation models, geographical information systems, meteorological data, geostatistics, and experience with data organization will be helpful. The incumbent should also have skills in data analytic techniques for systems-level data analysis.

Salary $61,218 per year, 2-Yr Appointment. U.S. Citizenship is required. A comprehensive Federal benefits package is available. More information at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507730200. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Amanda Ashworth at 479-575-6916 or amanda.ashworth@ars.usda.gov.

The USDA/ARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider

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

• Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.

Qualifications:

This position requires a recent Ph.D in Agriculture Science 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.

The assignment requires a professional knowledge of soil science (chemistry, microbiology, or nutrient management), physical science, plant science, agronomy, agricultural engineering or related discipline of computer science or engineering, and an understanding of crop responses to soil, climate, and nutrient constraints. Working knowledge of simulation models, geographical information systems, meteorological procedures, geostatistics, and experience with data organization will be helpful. The incumbent should also have skills in computer science techniques for systems-level data analysis.

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: 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 http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

Additional information

• BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Internal Number: RA-18-025H

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