Research Ecologist (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Department Of Agriculture - State College, PA

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The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's 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.

This position is not to exceed 2 years. This position may be extended up to a total of 4 years at the discretion of management without further competition.

Applications for this position will be accepted from both US Citizens and Foreign Nationals who meet both Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements found under "Foreign Nationals Eligible for Federal Employment" at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm

This position is located in University Park, PA.

**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR November 25, 2013**

KEY REQUIREMENTS

A Ph.D. is required

DUTIES:
Major Duties:
The incumbent will be assigned to the regional food systems project, part of the “Multifunctional Farms and Landscapes to Enhance Ecosystem Services” CRIS, and located within the USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA. The incumbent will participate in team research on food systems of the northeastern United States, with specific responsibility for quantifying the capacity of the northeastern United States to produce and consume pasture-based products (beef and dairy). The incumbent will: (1) map the production, distribution and consumption of pasture-based products in the northeastern United States; and (2) link local and regional pasture-based food systems to water quality, nutrient cycling and carbon balance effects at the state and regional scales. This research is a component of ARS National Program 215, “Pasture, Forage and Rangeland Systems.”

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
This position requires a recent Ph.D in Ecology, Agronomy, Biology, Geography 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.

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 which are:

A degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

Knowledge of spatial statistics and experience with geographic information systems are required.

Experience with simulation models and agroecology is desirable.

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. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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".

BENEFITS:
A Benefits Package will be authorized for appointments made for a period of more than one year. Additional information about Federal benefits can be obtained at
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation and Other Incentives:
Payment of relocation expenses and other incentives will be determined in accordance with P&P 412.5, Recruitment and Retention Incentives and Other Special Pay, Sections 6 and 7, as amended by Bulletins 03-402 and 05-412.5, which may be found at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/ppweb/Bulletins/05-412-5.pdf . See also http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/staffing_recruit/reloweb.htm .

Veteran's Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach member 4 copy of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment):
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.

ARS Reasonable Accommodation Contact Information:
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

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