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Soybean Functional Genomics

Miernyk, Jan A. MiernykJ at missouri.edu
Tue Dec 3 12:57:10 EST 2002

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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on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, 
disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital 
status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)   Persons 
with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of 
program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should 
contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202/720-2600 (voice or TDD).  To file 
a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil 
Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue 
SW, Washington, DC  20250-9410, or call 202/720-5946 (voice or TDD). 
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