Plant Pathologist

Posted on Oct 03, 2020 via USAJobs

Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture

Ames, IA  |   #government

 


This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Plant Introduction Research Unit, located in Ames, Iowa.

The unit's mission involves the acquisition, maintenance, distribution, characterization, evaluation, and enhancement of plant germplasm and associated information for use in improving agricultural and horticultural efficiency.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.nBasic Requirements: 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.

Graduate Education: must have been in plant pathology, or in one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, or have followed a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on plant pathology or one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, such as those dealing with particular types of pathogens, diseases of particular kinds of crops, or chemical or biological controls.

Graduate study in related fields such as microbiology, entomology, plant physiology, genetics, agronomy, horticulture, viticulture, forestry, or chemistry may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on plant pathology.

Evaluation of Education: courses in botany, plant physiology, plant taxonomy, plant pathology, agronomy, forestry, horticulture, or similar subjects may be used to meet the 20-semester-hour requirement in basic botany or plant science.

To meet the specific 10-semester-hour requirement in plant pathology, the courses must have been in plant pathology, or have dealt with specific subject matter areas of plant pathology such as those concerned with viruses, fungal or bacterial diseases, host-plant relationships, biotic or chemical controls, environmental or physiological diseases, parasitic diseases, etc.

AND Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.

Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised.

The specialized experience requirements for this position are: At the GS-12:nQualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting research on diseases affecting the germplasm of plant species; planning and conducting research trials to evaluate plant germplasm for sources of disease resistance; and analyzing and interpreting research data with appropriate statistical methodology.

At the GS-13:nQualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting research on diseases affecting the germplasm of plant species planning and conducting research trials to evaluate plant germplasm for sources of disease resistance; analyzing and interpreting research data with appropriate statistical methodology; and experience publishing research findings in scientific journals.nExperience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).

Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.

Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


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