The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.
U.S. citizens, permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements and non-citizens who meet certain eligibility requirements
**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR JUNE 27, 2019**
THIS IS AN APPOINTMENT NOT TO EXCEED 2 YEARS, WITH POSSIBLE EXTENSION UP TO 4 YEARS TOTAL.
The primary responsibility of the incumbent is the isolation, identification and development of natural products for potential pest management use.The primary benefit of such research is the discovery of bioactive products from natural sources, primarily microbial, with a high likelihood of possessing undiscovered modes of action and which are perceived as being environmentally friendly.New modes of action are needed to furnish the pesticide industry with new parent compounds for pesticides, to provide pest management programs a wide variety of biochemical routes to attack a given pest, and to provide effective compounds against pests that have developed resistance against existing
Occasional travel - To and from conferences.
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents seeking U.S. Citizenship.
The primary responsibility of the incumbent is the isolation, identification and development of natural products for potential pest management use. The primary benefit of such research is the discovery of bioactive products from natural sources, primarily microbial, with a high likelihood of possessing undiscovered modes of action and which are perceived as being environmentally friendly. New modes of action are needed to furnish the pesticide industry with new parent compounds for pesticides, to provide pest management programs a wide variety of biochemical routes to attack a given pest, and to provide effective compounds against pests that have developed resistance against existing pesticides.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.
This position requires a recent Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy, chemistry or bio-chemistry or Natural Products, or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Knowledge of performing bioassay-directed fractionation and purification of plant and microbial natural compounds is desirable.Ability to perform complete structure elucidation of plant and microbial natural compounds using one- and twodimensional NMR spectroscopy is a must.Knowledge of using GCMS, LCMS, and familiarity with synthetic organic chemistry is desirable.
Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
This position has a positive education requirement.You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position.If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.Application materials will not be returned.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position as defined above under "Qualifications".
Applications may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the appropriate address and/or facsimile number listed below:
Dr. Charles L. Cantrell
USDA-ARS, NPURU, Thad Cochran Center, Rm 3042,
P. 0. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
If sending your application as an attachment to an email, do not send zipped files. They will be removed in accordance with standard electronic security procedures.
Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.
Applications will be received and reviewed for consideration until a selection has been made.
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
If application packages do not contain all of the requested information, you may lose consideration for the job. To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you. NOTE: Applications received in postage paid government envelopes will not be considered.
APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST
__ Resume, Curriculum Vitae, or other document outlining your qualifications
The following information is required of all applicants:
__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position
__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
__ Indicate country of citizenship __Copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Only if claiming veterans preference. Visit the following web site for additional information: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp)
__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference) plus the supporting documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference). Visit http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/sf.asp to obtain the form.
As an Applicant for a Postdoctoral Research Associate Position, you must also submit the following:
__ A one-page abstract of Ph.D. dissertation
__ A resume of 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 invitations); and publications.
__ A list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, and recognition.
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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