Overview

*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postgraduate research opportunity is available with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) within the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center located in Fargo, North Dakota.

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.

Research Project: The selected participant will perform research pertaining to identification and characterization of physiological processes or environmental factors that influence potato growth, yield, or quality. Projects will also focus on the determination of the biological basis of meristem dormancy and/or identification and characterization of plant wound healing mechanisms.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this training, the participant will improve their skills in potato postharvest physiology, including techniques to assess and quantify potato tuber dormancy and sprout inhibition.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Melvin Bolton (melvin.bolton@usda.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: February 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process, please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
Qualifications
The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion before the appointment start date.