A postdoctoral position is available for a Research (Plant) Physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Crop Protection and Quality Unit (CPQ) located in Parlier, CA. The successful applicant will be conducting research to determine factors which influence flavor in citrus, with off-flavor development in mandarins being of primary interest. Important to this work will be the identification and analysis of chemical components and examination of anatomical and physiological differences between fruit types differing in sensory quality.
To Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter describing qualifications and a resume or CV with names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references by email or mail to Dr. David Obenland, USDA-ARS, 9611 S Riverbend Ave, Fresno, CA 93720. Phone: (559) 596-2801, email@example.com. If currently in the United States and a non-citizen please state in the cover letter the current visa status and time remaining on the visa (if applicable). Please also give indication of the available start date if selected.
The grant-funded position is full time for 2 years with a possibility of extension. A comprehensive benefits package is available. The position is open immediately until filled.
The position requires a Ph.D. in plant physiology, horticulture, agronomy, food science, biological sciences or a related field. Desirable skills include experience with GC, GCMS and HPLC analytical techniques and subsequent handling of large data sets. Knowledge of sensory theory, molecular biology, postharvest factors influencing fruit quality, microscopy, experimental design and analysis would be useful.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the research arm of the United States Department of Agriculture. The mission of ARS is to develop solutions to agricultural problems of importance to the United States.