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Research Biologist (Computational Bioinformatics)

USDA Agricultural Research Service
Pullman, Washington State
$76,721 to $118,603 per year + benefits
Closing date
Aug 14, 2020

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Research Biologist (Computational Bioinformatics).  The USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Wheat Health, Genetics and Quality Research Unit, Pullman, WA is seeking a permanent, full-time Research Biologist (Computational Bioinformatics)/(GS-0401-12/13).  Salary ranges from $76,721 to $118,603 per annum. The Research Biologist conducts research using quantitative genetics, bioinformatics and computational biology to integrate diverse and complex data sources (such as genomic, metagenomic, metabolomic, phenomic and climate) to investigate evolution, selection and interactions among plants and the environment with an emphasis on wheat and barley. Leads efforts to develop and apply robust statistical and computational approaches to analyze genomic and associated metagenomic data in combination with phenotypic data to link genes, gene expression, and gene products to complex traits including plant growth and development and resistance to diseases and abiotic stress. Conducts research to identify favorable interactions among plants and microbial communities, crop management, and environmental factors in cereal-based cropping systems of the Pacific Northwest. The Research Biologist will generate novel data in crop or model plants through high through-put and targeted experiments, and collaborate with plant breeders, plant physiologists, molecular biologists and plant pathologists. The Research Biologist is responsible for planning and conducting personal research, interpreting results, preparing manuscripts, preparing annual reports, and management of project resources and extramural grants; and providing technical information and consultations on research projects within ARS and with partners in universities, private foundations, and industry. A Ph.D. with a quantitative focus in bioinformatics, bio-statistics, animal/plant breeding, crop science, plant pathology, microbiology, quantitative/population genetics, computational biology, statistical genomics or related area is preferred.  A strong record of scholarly/professional achievement commensurate with experience is required. Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information to a range of audiences is preferred. For information on the position contact David M. Weller, Research Leader at 509-335-6210 or 509-595-1498 ( For a full text of the vacancy announcement and application forms, and to apply, refer to the vacancy website at and search for Vacancy Announcement Number ARS-D20Y-10862132-SC. This vacancy is open for applications on July 17, 2020. Applications must be received by 11:59 EST on August 14, 2020.  U.S. Citizenship is required.  USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.  

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