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USDA Entomologist/Chemical Ecologist Postdoctoral Research Opportunity

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)
Postdoc & Early Career

An Entomologist/Chemical Ecologist postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Subtropical Horticulture Research Station in Miami, Florida. Research will encompass studies on insect chemical ecology, using a combination of chemical analysis, behavioral bioassays, field tests to identify new and/or improved semiochemical attractants for detection and control of invasive insect pests. The primary research responsibility will be isolation and identification of biologically active semiochemicals from host plant material, especially those that will lead to the development of female attractants for the redbay ambrosia beetle, although research may include attractants for tephritid and drosophilid fruit flies, or other insects. The research includes design and execution of research experiments; collection and identification of active semiochemicals through use of gas chromatography (GC and GC-MS); electroantennagraphy (EAG, GC-EAD); laboratory behavioral bioassays and field tests. Experience in analytical chemical techniques such as GC and SPME is particularly desirable. Results will be documented as scientific papers for publication in refereed journals.

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding. The annual stipend rate for this position is $50,706. A stipend supplement in the amount of $5,160 is provided to offset the cost of an individual or family health insurance plan. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance may be obtained through ORISE. Relocation expenses in the amount of $2,000 will be reimbursed, with prior approval. A travel allowance in the amount of $3,000 is available to reimburse travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities. The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, USDA, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in Entomology, Ecology, Biology, Chemistry or a related discipline in the biological or physical sciences within five years of the desired starting date. Experience in gas chromatography (GC), and mass spectrometry (GC-MS) as related to semiochemicals and/or working knowledge of electroantennagraphy, insect behavioral bioassays and field trials of true fruit flies, beetles and moths, is desirable.

Preferred skills include:

1. Laboratory analytical skills, including gas chromotography, mass spectrometry

2. Experience with insect behavioral bioassays (wind tunnels, olfactometers) and electroantennagraphy

3. Experience with field tests, experimental design, statistical analysis

4. Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals

Eligibility Requirements:

Degree: Currently pursuing a Doctoral degree or have received this degree

A complete application package consists of:

1. An application

2. Transcript(s) - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Selected candidate must provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start. Proof must be sent to ORISE directly from the academic institution including graduation date and degree awarded. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation.

3. A current resume/CV

Participating Institution(s):
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (Lead)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Crop & Soil Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources

Agricultural Ecology
Biochemical Engineering
Environmental Chemistry

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This program is funded by:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

Page last updated 7/18/2016
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