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Research Opportunity Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Agricultural Research Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Athens, GA


Project Description:

A Postdoctoral Research Associate opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Quality and Safety Assessment Research Unit in Athens, GA.

The selected applicant will:

  • Develop density-independent algorithms for accurate moisture determination of raw and pelleted biomass as a function of their microwave dielectric properties.
  • Develop suitable microwave sensors for measuring the dielectric properties of biomass on conveyors and in pipes.
  • Implement the developed sensors in industrial biomass production facilities.


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in microwave engineering within five years of the desired starting date. 

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in the design of microwave components and circuits for heating, drying, and sensing applications, knowledge and experience with electromagnetic packages such as Microwave Studio and COMSOL and their use for the design and realization of hardware, experience and training in radio-frequency measurement techniques, and experience testing with vector network analyzer.

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position may require a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) and foreign nationals.

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.

Additional Information:

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding.  The stipend rate for this position is $55,608. A stipend supplement is included in this rate to cover the cost of an individual health insurance plan. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. The rate also includes a travel allowance of $3,000 per year to reimburse travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities. Funding is not available for relocation expenses. The participant does not become an employee of the ARS or ORISE.

For additional information about the ARS Postdoctoral Research Program, please visit

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #ARS-QSARU-2014-0024 in your application and when calling or writing for information.