The USDA, ARS, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois, is seeking a Research Biologist/Microbiologist/Plant Pathologist. The incumbent serves as a Researcher in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit. As a Researcher, the incumbent will conduct research, develop epidemiological models to predict severity of mycotoxin contamination in maize; and determine how future climate predictions might impact the distribution and diversity of mycotoxigenic fungi and mycotoxin contamination in different geographic regions of the U.S. The incumbent will publish peer reviewed journal articles focused on
the epidemiology, ecology and management of ear rot and mycotoxin contamination of maize. The goal of the research is to develop novel approaches to reduce mycotoxin contamination in maize in response to
U.S. Citizenship is required. Applications must be received by the closing date of June 3, 2021.
USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider
Location: Peoria, IL
Summary: The incumbent serves as a Research Biologist/ Microbiologist/Plant Pathologist in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois. MPM scientists conduct interdisciplinary research in chemistry, microbiology, genetics, and plant biology to produce information and technologies needed to enhance food safety and crop production in the U.S. and around the world.
- Conducts research focused on the epidemiology, ecology and management of ear rot and mycotoxin contamination of maize.
- Determines how environmental variables, production practices, and diversity of mycotoxigenic fungi affect disease severity and mycotoxin contamination.
- Develop epidemiological models to predict severity of mycotoxin contamination in maize.
- Collaborates with other ARS, university, and private sector scientists to build a multi-disciplinary team necessary for this research.
- Analyzes, interprets, and disseminates the findings in the form of reports, presentations, and publications in scientific journals.
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