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Research Project Description

Research Associate - Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Aberdeen, ID


Project Description:

The Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit in Aberdeen, ID is seeking a Research Associate to develop PCR-based molecular markers physically linked to oat genes conferring resistance to crown rust disease, evaluate markers for their ability to correctly classify resistant oat lines with unknown genes using crown rust races with known virulence phenotypes, and use molecular markers to characterize elite oat germplasm for the number and identity of crown rust resistance alleles. 


To be eligible, applicants must have received a Master of Science degree or doctorate degree in Plant Pathology.  An understanding of race-specific disease resistance in plants and experience with molecular genetic marker development and fungal culture is highly desirable. 

Preferred skills include:

  • Experience with melting curve-based molecular markers
  • An understanding of marker development in the context of minimizing the cost-per-data point
  • Demonstrated ability to design experiments and communicate results

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position requires a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents.

This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran’s status.

Additional Information:

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding. The annual stipend rate for this position is $38,790. A stipend supplement is also provided to offset the cost of an individual or family health insurance plan. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance may be obtained through ORISE. Relocation expenses up to $4,000 will be reimbursed, with prior approval.  A travel allowance in the amount of $4,000 is available to reimburse travel related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.  The participant does not become an employee of the ARS or ORISE.

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How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #ARS-SGPGR-2014-0031 in your application and when calling or writing for information.