Research Mechanical/Electrical/Agricultural Engineer
USDA-Agricultural Research Service
Location: East Lansing, Michigan
Type: Full Time
Salary: $82,830 - $151,308 per year
Years of Experience:
Less than 2
Pay scale & grade - GS 12 - 14
Internal Number: ARS-D23MWA-12095531-LSR
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Midwest Area, Sugarbeet and Bean Research Unit in East Lansing, MI invites applications for a full-time, permanent Research Mechanical/Electrical/Agricultural Engineer position. The incumbent will lead a research program in precision agriculture and automation for sugar beet production and postharvest handling. The research program is aimed to develop innovative phenotyping and automation technologies that can be applied to assist in discovery and selection of new, promising germplasm for desired agronomic traits; new sensing methods and techniques for precision crop and beet yield monitoring and prediction and for early detection and management of diseases, insects, nematode and weeds; and sensing and automation techniques and handling practices for postharvest monitoring and management of beets for enhanced sugar production. The incumbent is expected to collaborate with researchers in plant sciences and related engineering disciplines within and outside ARS.
Qualified candidates must have professional knowledge in agricultural, electrical or mechanical engineering with experience and/or training in sensors, imaging, information technology, and automation and have experience publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals related to the development and application of engineering technologies to agricultural and biological systems. This is a competitive, permanent appointment and U.S. citizenship is required.
For complete application instructions, search for the announcement ARS-D23MWA-12095531-LSR at https://www.usajobs.gov. Applications must be received by the closing date of September 25, 2023.
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: 660 research projects within 15 National Programs; 2,000 scientists and post docs; 6,000 other employees; 90+ research locations, including overseas laboratories; $1.5 billion fiscal year budget.