Research Entomologist/Ecologist/Plant Physiologist/Plant Pathologist (Permanent)

Research Entomologist/Ecologist/Plant Physiologist/Plant Pathologist (Permanent): The USDA-ARS North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Brookings, SD is seeking a scientist to plan and conduct field and laboratory research on trophic interactions in cropping systems and how these impact plant health and performance. Research will be conducted in collaboration with other scientists within and outside the Research Unit to identify key interactions and their drivers as a basis for developing pest management and cropping systems that improve the efficiency, resilience, and profitability of agricultural production in the Northern Plains and beyond.

The specific research objectives are:

  1. Develop fundamental knowledge of interactions between plants, non-pathogenic microbes, pathogens, soil microinvertebrates, and insects within cropped ecosystems.
  2. Determine the influence of agricultural practices on dynamics of plants, soils, plant pathogens, insects, and the microbes that reside within them.
  3. Determine the influence of micro- and macroinvertebrates on soil functions that affect plant health.

The position requires a Ph.D. in entomology, ecology, plant physiology, plant pathology, or a related field. The position is advertised as GS-12 or GS-13 ($76,721 to $118,603 per year) with full federal benefits and open-ended promotion potential.

Applications will be accepted through June 25, 2020. For more information and instructions on applying, search on announcement ARS-D20Y-10817382-FMM in

The position is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. Nationals. USDA/ARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.

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Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
Company Name: 
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Name of Contact Person: 
Faisa Mohallim
Contact Person's Phone: 
(703) 259-9477
South Dakota
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