The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit seeks a Research Molecular Biologist, GS-0440-12/13 ($79,363 to $122,683 per annum, plus benefits). The position is located in Corvallis, OR. The research priorities for this position include: i) conducting research in tall fescue and perennial ryegrass to determine how plants respond to and tolerate commonly occurring production problems and stresses. Initial priorities include investigating drought, salinity, or heat stress, ii) developing improved genomic and molecular resources that can advance genetics, breeding, and stress tolerance research in grasses, and iii) using molecular, genomic, gene expression and bioinformatics approaches to identify genes, gene families, and genetic pathways involved in plant stress responses and development. Successful completion of this research will advance genomic resources of cool-season grasses and advance knowledge of stress biology. The Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit is located in the Willamette Valley, a world center for grass seed production and home to several private grass seed breeding programs, presenting collaborative and tech transfer opportunities that can magnify the impact of the incumbent’s research. Further opportunities exist for collaboration with ARS and university scientists researching grass breeding, genetics, pathology, entomology, agronomy, abiotic stress tolerance, seed production and seed certification. The position is located on the campus of Oregon State University, which offers core services in genomics, biocomputing, and bioinformatics. Candidates with an interest in publicly-funded research to improve grass 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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The Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit is located in Corvallis, OR and is part of the Pacific West Area.