Soybean Functional Genomics Position

Michael D. McMullen mcmullenm at missouri.edu
Tue Dec 3 07:16:47 EST 2002

Research Molecular Biologist/Research Geneticist

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service
(ARS), Plant Genetics Research Unit in Columbia, Missouri, seeks a
Research Molecular Biologist / Research Geneticist; GS-12/13/14, salary
range $54,275 - $99,150 per annum. The incumbent will be part of a
six-scientist team working to understand the genetic basis of soybean
seed composition and its manipulation and interactions within the plant.
A major objective of this position is to elaborate a functional genomics
approach for analysis of soybean seed development and composition.
Important targets include factors that impact soybean meal quality, such
as oligosaccharide and phytic acid content. Included are elucidation of
gene products and their control, interactions among themselves and the
environment, and variation in expression in plant growth. Cooperative
research efforts are expected with personnel from the University of
Missouri, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and other ARS

United States citizenship is required. Comprehensive benefits package
includes paid annual and sick leave, life insurance, health insurance,
and a savings and investment plan, in addition to a Federal retirement plan.

Candidates at the GS-12 level must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral
degree or 1 year of directly related, specialized experience equivalent
to the GS-11 grade level; candidates at the GS-13 grade level must have
one year of directly related, specialized experience at the GS-12 grade
level; and candidates at the GS-14 grade level must have one year of
directly related, specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level.
Specialized experience at all levels is experience involving molecular
biology, application genetic techniques, and the modification of
biological functions.

For information on the research program and/or position, contact Larry
Darrah, Research Leader, tel. 573/882-2349 or E-mail
DarrahL at missouri.edu. For general information on application procedures
and forms, contact the Columbia, MO, Administrative Officer, JoAnne
Fernandez Kniptash, tel. 573/875-5293, E-mail FernandezJ at missouri.edu,
or see Announcement Number ARS-X3W-3068 at the USDA-ARS job vacancy
Website at


Applications must postmarked by January 13, 2003.

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