The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Water Management Research Unit, Fort Collins, CO, invites applications for two Research Scientist positions: a Plant Physiologist position and a Remote Sensing position, both GS-12/13/14. These scientists will work with a team of scientists and engineers in a broad research effort to improve water management technologies and practices for irrigated agriculture with the goal of increasing the efficient use of water and improving agricultural productivity and sustainability in water-limited areas.
Research goals for the Plant Physiologist position are to measure and evaluate plant responses to water deficits in agronomic field experiments, improve understanding of plant mechanisms contributing to increased water use efficiency and productivity, and identify and quantify plant signals that indicate plant water stress and can be used to optimally allocate limited irrigation water.
Research goals for the Remote Sensing position are to use remotely-sensed information at multiple scales to quantify plant water stress and estimate water stress impacts on crop yields, estimate crop water use, and develop techniques to optimally allocate limited irrigation water.
These are permanent, full time positions. U.S. Citizenship is required. The salary range is $73,848.00 to $134,899.00 per annum, which is commensurate with qualifications and experience. A comprehensive Federal benefits package is available. For application instructions see http://www.usajobs.gov (Plant Physiologist Keyword: ARS-D13W-0086 or ARS-A13W-0087; Remote Sensing Keyword: ARS-X14W-0001). Announcement closes December 17, 2013.
The USDA/ARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.