Research Plant Physiologist / Research Horticulturalist

USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Prosser, Washington State
$76,721 to $140,146 per year
September 12 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit seeks a Research Plant Physiologist/Research Horticulturist, GS-0435/0437-12/13/14 ($76,721 - $140,146 per annum, plus benefits). The position is located in Prosser, Washington, and will conduct research on abiotic stress responses of hop leading to new knowledge, methods, and technologies that mitigate the effects of plant stress. The immediate research objectives will focus on water stress and sustaining crop production with reduced water use. The researcher is expected to utilize imaging and sensing technologies to increase the precision, frequency, type, and amount of data collected at research plot and field scales. As this is a new research position, research and program creativity are encouraged from an accomplished or well-trained scientist with strong project leadership and stakeholder engagement capabilities. The Yakima Valley where the position is located is the center of the U.S. hop industry. This person in this position joins a group of three other USDA scientists and additional university scientists researching genomics, breeding, plant pathology, and other aspects of the crop. Because of this, there are ample opportunities for collaboration on projects with broad implications and impact. Further opportunities exist for partnership and outreach with growers, private breeding companies, and brewers to advance hop production and use. Candidates with an interest in publicly funded research, technology transfer, and an ability to engage with diverse public and private-sector individuals will be well positioned for success. Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.

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