*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis, and this posting could close before the deadline.
ARS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center located in Madison, Wisconsin. Work at the Center aims to enhance the productivity, efficiency, and environmental sustainability of integrated dairy and forage production systems. For further information, please see https://www.ars.usda.gov/midwest-area/madison-wi/us-dairy-forage-research-center/
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.
Research Project: The selected participant will be part of a team that is evaluating how plant germplasm selection and management practices for forages and cover crops influence crop yields, soil conservation and quality, nutrient utilization and loss, and farm profitability.
Learning Objectives: The participant will gain experience in conducting multidisciplinary experiments, analyzing data, and publishing research results. This opportunity will provide the participant with a broad perspective on dairy production systems, soil ecology, forage production, forage quality, nutrient management, whole farm agriculture, and ecosystem services provided by dairy farms.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is John Grabber (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: April 5, 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed for a second year upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.