Plant Pathologist

Posted on Nov 10, 2020 via USAJobs

Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture

Corvallis, OR  |   #government

 


This position is located within the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Pacific West Area, Corvallis, OR.

The incumbent provides scientific field and laboratory support for a Research Plant Pathologist in the Plant Health National Program.

The position support research in nematology and nematode management in small fruits and specialty crops.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade Basic Requirements: 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, 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: Qualifying experience for GS-09 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-07 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 participating in research experiments involving nematodes and small fruits including, but not limited to: blueberries, raspberries, grapes or strawberries; operating and maintaining laboratory equipment; preparing reports for presentation of experiment results; and documenting scientific data.

OR Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field.

Related fields of study may include: microbiology, entomology, molecular biology or horticulture may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on plant pathology.

OR A qualifying combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above.

Qualifying experience for GS-11 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-09 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 organizing and conducting research experiments involving nematodes and small fruits including, but not limited to: blueberries, raspberries, grapes or strawberries; ordering, operating and maintaining laboratory equipment, supplies and chemicals; preparing reports and documenting scientific data; and presenting experiment results to stakeholders.

OR Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.

degree or Ph.D.

or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field.

Related fields of study may include: microbiology, entomology, molecular biology or horticulture may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on plant pathology.

OR A qualifying combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above.

Experience 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.


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