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Research Project Description

Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Project Description:

Postdoctoral research opportunities become available routinely at various facilities with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS).   Through these opportunities, participants will develop advanced skills in agricultural related research.  Participants will interact closely with research scientists that are currently conducting research in Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems.

The Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems research seeks to develop the technologies and strategies needed to help farmers, ranchers and other managers.  Research involves a variety of stakeholders and includes both public and private lands.  Emphasis is placed on:

  • Developing technologies that are economical to use
  • Developing systems support profitable production
  • Enhancing the nation’s renewable natural resource base

Specific research areas include:

  • Water Availability and Watershed Management
  • Climate Change, Soils, and Emissions
  • Bioenergy
  • Agricultural and Industrial Byproducts
  • Pasture, Forage and Rangeland Systems
  • Agricultural System Competitiveness and Sustainability


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in an appropriate discipline within five years of the desired starting date.  As some ARS facilities may require security clearance, applicants must be able to meet necessary security requirements. 

Research opportunities are available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) or foreign nationals, depending on the needs of ARS.

This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran’s status.

Research opportunities are full-time for normally one year and may be renewed for up to four additional years upon recommendation of the ARS and are contingent on the availability of funds.  The stipend rates will be determined by USDA ARS officials and are based on the participant’s academic and professional background.  A stipend supplement may be provided to cover the cost of an individual or family health insurance plan.  The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. This can be obtained through ORISE.  Relocation expenses may be reimbursed.   Funding may be made available to reimburse travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.  The participant does not become a USDA ARS employee.

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #ARS-GEN-2013-0003 when calling or writing for information. This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to collect applications from applicants.  These applications will be used to fill vacancies as they become available.  Your application will remain on file for six months.