Research Entomologist/Ecologist (Permanent): The USDA-ARS North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Brookings, SD is seeking an Entomologist/Ecologist to plan and conduct individual and team research to identify and quantify key factors influencing the ecology of soil-dwelling invertebrates with an overall goal of improving soil and plant health. Research will be conducted in collaboration with other scientists within and outside the Research Unit, contributing expertise in invertebrate biology and the development of IPM and sustainable cropping systems based upon sound ecological principles.
The specific research objectives are:
Develop fundamental knowledge of soil invertebrate communities and their interactions within ecosystems of the Northern Plains.
Determine how soil invertebrate communities influence plant health and crop production in the Northern Plains.
Determine the influence of agricultural practices in the Northern Plains (such as use of cover crops, no-till, alternative crops, and organic production) on the structure and function of soil communities.
Quantify exposures and responses of non-target soil-dwelling organisms to pesticides in agricultural systems of the Northern Plains.
The position requires a Ph.D. in entomology, ecology, or a related discipline. The position is advertised as GS-12 or GS-13 ($77,488 to $119,787 per year) with full federal benefits and open-ended promotion potential.
If interested, please submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement via USAJobs (online at www.usajobs.com) announcement: ARS-D21Y-11114095-FMM. Closing date for applications is 06/17/2021.
The position is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. Nationals. USDA/ARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.