This position is located with the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Grassland, Soil & Water Research Laboratory in Temple, TX.
The incumbent is a member of an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers conducting basic and applied research to develop and improve management and production practices in multifunction agricultural landscapes that include grasslands and cropping systems.
Determines ecological, agronomic, economic and/or environmental responses to management activities and climatic drivers across multiple temporal and spatial scales.
Performs cross-site, interdisciplinary research as an integral team member for the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) network to evaluate soil health or soil ecosystem function from multiple LTAR network sites.
Develops unique approaches and employ emerging technologies for the analysis of robust datasets.
Employs multidisciplinary approaches, including application of ecological principles to agronomic production.
Develops collaborations and interacts with other government and university researchers and stakeholders to develop research plans and conduct experiments in the laboratory or field.
Properly collects, analyzes, and interprets scientific research and information to develop new knowledge and decision support tools to improve the resilience of agroecosystems.
Reports research results and disseminates findings through reports, presentations, and publications in scientific journals.
Leads or participates in outreach activities such as field days to engage local or regional growers.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table.
1) To conduct cooperative investigations with breeders, geneticists and pathologists in the seven western states (Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington) to evaluate the milling and baking quality characteristics of wheat selections produced each crop year. These investigations include several market classes and subclasses of wheat which are grown commercially in the Pacific Northwest and the Western Region. The investigations relate to wheat cultivar quality for commercial production and consumer acceptance with the goal of increasing economic benefit to the wheat industry.
2) To conduct basic research into the biochemical and genetic basis of wheat quality in order to better understand the fundamental nature of end-use functionality. The results of this basic research are incorporated into the cultivar development program to provide enhanced feedback into the selection process.
3) To develop new and better means to asse...ss the quality of potential wheat cultivars through identification of critical quality parameters. This is coupled with the creation of new methods to assay the identified quality attributes.