Interdisciplinary Research Plant Pathologist / Microbiologist

USDA-ARS Physiology and Pathology of Tree Fruits Research Unit
76,721.00 to $140,146.00 Per Year
December 15 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The USDA-ARS is seeking an Interdisciplinary Research Plant Pathologist / Microbiologist position for the ARS, Physiology and Pathology of Tree Fruits Research Unit located in Wenatchee, WA.

The Research Plant Pathologist/Microbiologist will work as part of a research team to plan and conduct research directed toward assembling a body of knowledge on composition and functional diversity of deciduous tree fruit phytobiome and rhizobiome. Use knowledge of deciduous tree fruit phytobiome and rhizobiome composition and functional diversity to explore how this biological resource can be used for the control of plant diseases and/or directly promoting plant productivity and fruit quality. Characterize genetic and physiological aspects of interactions between deciduous tree fruit and the saprophytic rhizosphere microflora. Develop knowledge to support formulation of deciduous tree fruit management systems that efficiently recruit or foster development of plant associated microbiomes that benefit the plant production system in terms of nutrient use efficiency, plant disease suppression, and fruit quality. Recruit as needed and supervise technical support personnel. Contribute/participate as a team member/lead to the unit’s National Program 303 Plant Diseases CRIS project.

Knowledge required: A high level of specialized knowledge in plant pathology, horticulture, and soil microbiology is required. Knowledge of soil microbial ecology, bioinformatics and metabolomics is desired and helpful but not essential. A high degree of competency in the use of laboratory instrumentation and analytical skills is needed. A working knowledge of modem microbiological techniques, including but not limited to molecular techniques, is required. The incumbent must be competent in obtaining, managing, and analyzing large data sets. The abilities to communicate results verbally and in writing are required. Also critical is the ability to interact with the research community as well as the tree fruit stakeholders, and all other stakeholder groups for technology transfer of research findings to improve disease control.

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens

If interested, please submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement via USAJobs (online at announcement: ARS-D21Y-10984425-FMM. Closing date for applications is 01/15/2021.

ARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.