Company Name:

USDA

Location:

Salinas, California

Approximate Salary:

$84,302 Per Year

Job Category:

Lab Scientist

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

Entry Level

Required Education:

Doctorate Degree

Posted

October 5, 2018

Research Plant Pathologist

This position is with the Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit located in Salinas, California. The mission of the Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit is to improve germplasm of lettuce, celery, spinach and melon, determine basic biology of viral, fungal and bacterial diseases affecting these crops, develop alternatives to methyl bromide as a soil fumigant for control of soilborne pests in strawberry and vegetables, reduce postharvest losses of lettuce, develop scientifically based organic crop production practices, develop methods for control of weeds, and improve artichoke production practices including insect and disease control.

Major Duties:

• Develop novel detection and quantification systems for emerging bacterial pathogens to help entify inoculum sources and evaluate mitigation practices.

• Responsible for developing alternative management practices for emerging soilborne plant pathogens, currently controlled by fumigants.

• Identify soil microbiome components associated with improved management of preplant disease on strawberries and leafy greens.

• Develop biologically-based disease management strategies for soilborne plant pathogens, based on developing in-depth knowledge of soil bacterial communities associated with organic and conventional production of strawberry and leafy greens.

• Transfer knowledge and technology through scholarly publications, patents and presentations to scientific and industry groups.

• Lead a research team that focuses on preplant control of soilborne pathogens of strawberry and leafy greens.

• Work with other scientists and collaborators to identify, through ecosystem analyses, microbial communities associated with improved preplant disease control and host plant resistance to soilborne plant pathogens; Develop novel detection and quantification systems for emerging bacterial pathogens to help entify inoculum sources and evaluate mitigation practices; Elucidate the etiology, ecology, host range, phylogeny, and taxonomy of emerging plant pathogens; Characterize short- and long-term changes in soil microbial communities in response to specific preplant soil treatments, e.g., biological control agents, crop rotations; Identify microbial communities and the biochemical or molecular factors that influence declines of populations of pathogens in soils to reduce holdover inoculum responsible for disease in subsequent crops; and Develop and evaluate complex management strategies for diseases of vegetables and strawberry.

This position will be posted on www.usajobs.gov and will remain open from 10/08/2018 to 11/06/2018.  Please contact Dr. Jim McCreight with questions (Jim.McCreight@ars.usda.gov)


Company Name:

USDA

Location:

Salinas, California

Approximate Salary:

$84,302 Per Year

Job Category:

Lab Scientist

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

Entry Level

Required Education:

Doctorate Degree

Posted

October 5, 2018

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