Flake Miller Wheat And Oats Job Description Sample
Supervisory Research Plant Pathologist (Research Leader)
Help Duties Summary
Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology.
*Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.
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Perform leading research addressing basic studies in plant pathology regarding the biology and genetics of cereal pathogens and the interactions with their hosts and vectors to understand the mechanisms of pathogenicity and host resistance.
Develop collaborations and communicate technical information pertaining to small grains (barley, spring wheat, durum wheat, oats) genetics, genomics, pathology, and end-use quality with a variety of individuals.
Collect, analyze, and summarize technical information pertaining to the improvement of barley, wheat and/or oat germplasm.
Manage a research program, including personnel, equipment and fiscal resources following agency's mission and scientific procedures, requirements and protocols.
Supervise employees, to include setting performance standards, monitoring performance and guiding subordinates.
Prepare written work products based on research to be reviewed and/or published in professional articles, publications, and technical abstracts.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0434 Plant Pathology
Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
Direct Deposit ? Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/.
Successful completion of a three year probationary period.
If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
Basic Education Requirements:
Degree: Plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology. Graduate Education: Must have been in plant pathology, or in one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, or have followed a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on plant pathology or one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, such as those dealing with particular types of pathogens, diseases of particular kinds of crops, or chemical or biological controls. Graduate study in related fields such as Plant pathology, botany, plant virology, or molecular genetics may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on plant pathology.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet the Specialized Experience requirements as stated below.
GS-14: Applicants must possess one year of specialized equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience requirements for the GS-14 level are defined as: 1) Producing publications as the primary author for those that impact the advancement of the field or are viewed as authoritative; 2) Conceiving and formulating research ideas that advance the field of science or is used as a reference by other scientists; 3) Experience participating in Symposia that define the state of the discipline or introduce new areas in the field; 4) Experience communicating with stakeholder organizations and translating industry needs into researchable activities; 5) Experience managing a research program, including personnel, equipment and fiscal resources; 6) Experience supervising employees, to include setting performance standards, monitoring performance and guiding subordinates.
GS-15: Applicants must possess one year of specialized equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience requirements for the GS-15 level are defined as: In addition to the GS-14 specialized experience, you must have the following: 1) Experience leading multidisciplinary teams to develop written research proposals; plan research procedures and techniques and design experiments and data collection with other team members including from other agencies, organizations or commercial partners. 2) Experience presenting scientific information in both verbal and written modes to officials in government, industry, and universities; customers, partners, stakeholders, and support personnel.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Supervisory Competencies - the following KSA's will also be used to evaluate candidates in the interview and selection process: 1) Ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic thinking, technology management, and political savvy. 2) Ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.
To be considered for this position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
Please see above for education qualification requirement information.
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