The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research
Service (ARS), Plant Genetics Research Unit in Columbia, Missouri,
seeks a Research Molecular Biologist / Research Geneticist;
GS-12/13/14, salary range $54,275 - $99,150 per annum. The incumbent
will be part of a six-scientist team working to understand the basis
of soybean seed composition, its manipulation, and interactions
within the plant. A major objective of this position is to elaborate
a functional genomics approach for analysis of soybean seed
development and composition. Potential targets include factors that
impact soybean meal quality, such as oligosaccharide and phytic acid
content, and encompass protein identification, expression patterns,
protein interactions, and plant responses to the environment.
Cooperative research efforts are expected with personnel from the
University of Missouri, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and
other ARS researchers.
United States citizenship is required. Comprehensive benefits
package includes paid annual and sick leave, life insurance, health
insurance, and a savings and investment plan, in addition to a
Federal retirement plan.
Candidates at the GS-12 level must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral
degree or 1 year of directly related, specialized experience
equivalent to the GS-11 grade level; candidates at the GS-13 grade
level must have one year of directly related, specialized experience
at the GS-12 grade level; and candidates at the GS-14 grade level
must have one year of directly related, specialized experience at the
GS-13 grade level. Specialized experience at all levels is
experience involving molecular biology, application genetic
techniques, and the modification of biological functions.
For information on the research program and/or position, contact
Larry Darrah, Research Leader, tel. 573/882-2349 or E-mail
DarrahL at missouri.edu. For general information on application
procedures and forms, contact the Columbia, MO, Administrative
Officer, JoAnne Fernandez Kniptash, tel. 573/875-5293, E-mail
FernandezJ at missouri.edu, or see Announcement Number ARS-X3W-3068 at
the USDA-ARS job vacancy Website at
Applications must postmarked by January 13, 2003.
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