The USDA-ARS lab in Salinas, California has a permanent scientist positions open to work on Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae. The position will support regional agricultural production, which in the Salinas Valley alone has a value in excess of $4.8 billion per year. Historically researchers at our location have enjoyed strong support from our regional agricultural producers. Our location is 2 hours south of San Francisco and 40 minutes away from the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur area. Hiring level is at a GS-12 or GS-13 (Salary range of $88,582 to $136,969 per year)
As a Research Plant Pathologist the incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to:
- Develop and test biological and/or chemical control measures for the soilborne fungal pathogens affecting strawberry production with emphasis on Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina;
- Apply metagenomic approaches based on next generation sequencing to characterize soil microbial communities associated with infected and healthy strawberries;
- Conduct population analyses of Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina affecting strawberry through molecular and microbiology based studies;
- Screen and evaluate plant genetic resistance against Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina; and
- Develop or improve diagnostic tests for both Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina.
Additional details about the position (ARS-D18W-0156) may be found at the website www.usajobs.gov
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