The USDA, ARS, Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU) in Wooster, Ohio is seeking a Research Horticulturist/Agricultural Engineer to develop a new research program on advancing the efficiency and productivity of controlled environment agriculture. ATRU scientists conduct fundamental and applied research on the health and quality of ornamental and edible crops produced in controlled environment agricultural systems. This includes nursery, greenhouse, and indoor production of crops grown in soilless media and/or hydroponic growing systems. The incumbent’s research objectives include designing and evaluating innovative irrigation systems for controlled environment production that improve crop uniformity and quality within greenhouses and indoor production facilities; developing new knowledge that leads to efficient water use for enhanced crop production and reduced operating costs; developing irrigation strategies/systems with emphasis on 1) crop growth and quality, 2) improving profitability for the industry, and 3) water management/and recycling to control pathogens, modulate pH, and nutrient content; developing or designing systems that improve water quality used for irrigating crops, and/or improve quality of water leaving greenhouse or nursery production sites; and working as part of an integrated research team that develops novel strategies for other aspects of controlled environment agricultural systems related to, but distinct from, the incumbent’s own research program.
Contacts: Application procedure: Heather Lee Heather.Lee@ars.usda.gov 301-504-1410 Scientific information: Dr. James Altland James.Altland@ars.usda.gov 330-263-3870
To view additional details about this position and complete application instructions, go to the USAJobs Web site: https://www.usajobs.gov/ and refer to announcement number ARS-D19MWA-10507671-HCL. Please note that the announcement number will not be accessible until 6/3/2019.
USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider
U.S. Citizenship is required. This announcement will open 6/3/2019 and will close on 6/24/2019.
Additional Salary Information: This is a GS 12/13.
Internal Number: ARS-D19MWA-10507671-HCL
About United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service
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. Here are a few numbers to illustrate the scope of our organization:•690 research projects within 15 National Programs •2,000 scientists and post docs •6,000 other employees •90+ research locations, including overseas laboratories•$1.2 billion fiscal year budgetMission Statement:ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to:•Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products;•Assess the nutritional needs of Americans;•Sustain a competitive agricultural economy;•Enhance the natural resource base and the environment;•Provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole; and•Provide the infrastructure necessary to create and maintain a diversified workplace.