Overview

Summary

Position is located in the Plant Genetics Research Unit, Midwest Area, USDA-ARS, Columbia, MO. The mission of the unit is to develop new knowledge that expands our understanding of the fundamental processes controlling increased production, improved quality, and enhanced uses of corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock; and to develop plant lines, animal lines, and management schemes that lead to increased farm profitability and sustainability of the nation’s resource base.

Duties

Utilizes research areas that may include chemical ecology, microbiomics, metabolomics, genomics, or microbiology to advance basic knowledge of major insect pests of maize or small grains. Develops new strategies to manage corn rootworm and other maize insect pests, or other important pests of small grains. Works with the Research Leader to refine corn rootworm artificial diet, develop and improved sources of native resistance to corn rootworm larval feeding, and characterize corn rootworm colonies with resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins. Analyzes, interprets, and disseminates findings in scientific peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations, and reports.

Qualifications

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

Basic Requirements

Entomology Series, 0414

Individual Occupational Requirements

  1. Degree: entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology.

or

  1. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major that included course work as shown in 1. above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional Requirements

In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below.

GS-12: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to the duties of the position (i.e., entomology or related fields such as nematology, acarology, or insect ecology) or possess an equivalent combination of graduate level education and experience. Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.

Specialized Experience

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-12 level of this position are:

  • Experience conducting research related to managing insect pests; AND
  • Experience publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals on research related to entomology.

GS-13: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-13 level of this position are:

  • Experience planning and conducting independent and collaborative research to develop new strategies to manage insect pests, or other important pests of small grains; AND
  • Being invited to present research findings at scientific conferences; AND
  • Publishing independent research results as the primary author in peer-reviewed journals on research related to entomology.

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.

To further support your qualifications, it is strongly recommended that you submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Failure to do so could result in loss of your consideration/referral. Also, please submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.

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.