Research Physical Scientist

Position: Research Physical Scientist

Salary Range: $82,540 to 150,777 per year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Subtropical Horticulture Research Station, Miami, Florida, invites applications for a Research Physical Scientist position.

The incumbent will be expected to: 1) develop, evaluate, and apply next generation technologies to improve detection and monitoring of adult fruit fly populations in the field by using automated systems not requiring regular human intervention to count and identify trap captures; 2) improve post-harvest detection of fruit fly larval infestation within host fruit by using non-destructive imaging and/or chemical sampling techniques; 3) use knowledge and expertise toward development of novel detection approaches for other agricultural pests that threaten to invade or have established in South Florida; 4) evaluate applications of robotics, unmanned aerial drones, and nanotechnology as warranted for improving pest detection networks; 5) Maintain laboratory colonies of test insects.

This position requires a degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. Experience is required conducting research on trapping and detection systems for invasive insect pests; maintaining laboratory colonies of test insects; and planning and conducting independent research and reporting results in peer-reviewed journals.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident who will apply for citizenship when eligible. Applicants must clearly indicate their country of citizenship or legal status in their resume/CV.

The position is full time, permanent. A comprehensive benefits package is available.

Applications not including a resume with a thorough description of the work performed, a listing of publications/presentations/references, and complete transcripts that show the education and experience required as described above will not be considered.


Vacancy announcement (ARS-D21Y-11134996-SL-SL) and where to apply can be found at website Closing date for applications is Month, day, 2021 (TBD).

The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

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