Research Food Technologist (Research Associate)

Washington D.C.
Jan 11, 2017
Jan 10, 2018
Analyst, Research
Full Time

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

The Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory is seeking a research associate to conduct research to understand how pathogens are disseminated on farms, in the environment, and to food products, and to develop methods to detect, characterize, and mitigate contamination to prevent food-borne illnesses.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements

Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at:

This is an excepted service, time limited appointment with an initial duration of 2 years. The position may be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition. 


  • Occasional Travel
  • Attend meetings and conferences

  • No

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A Ph.D. is required that was obtained within the last four years
  • Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements must be met
  • Pre-employment fingerprint check with successful adjudication is required
  • This position requires a recent Ph.D in Food Science, Agricultural/Biological Engineering, Horticulture, Microbiology, or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

    Training and experience with human pathogens, modeling, equipment design and prototyping, or microfluidic devices is desired.

    Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

    This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty. Application materials will not be returned.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
    Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

    •  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.



    The incumbent is responsible for conducting research to evaluate major factors that influence pathogen survival, growth, and inactivation during the growing, post harvest handling, shipping and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables, and for developing control measures that limit pathogen proliferation in the supply chain. The incumbent will independently design and conduct studies involving human pathogens and various fresh produce food processing equipment and disseminate research findings to stakeholders via peer-reviewed publications, trade journals, and project reports.