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Program Support Assistant

Program Support Assistant (OA)

USDA Agricultural Research Service is currently recruiting for a Program Support Assistant (OA) at Fruit and Tree Nut Research : USDA ARS in Byron, GA.  


Duties:   Responsibilities include assisting with routine laboratory maintenance, supporting biological experiments and data collection, and participating in the documentation and analysis of research findings. 


Experience:  Genetics, or a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on genetics. Graduate study in related fields such as agronomy, horticulture, animal, dairy, or poultry husbandry, entomology, microbiology, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology that involved cross-training in genetics is qualifying, provided it placed sufficient emphasis on genetics.


Education:  Most students in the field take graduate work because specific training in genetics may be limited at the undergraduate level. Under these circumstances, it may be necessary to evaluate undergraduate course work in genetics in one of two ways, as described below, to determine whether or not it is qualifying.

  • Courses dealing with genetics, some phase of genetics, or specific techniques that are applied in genetics work are acceptable. This includes courses in genetics, plant or animal genetics, molecular and cellular biology, mathematics and statistics (as they apply to genetics), population dynamics, and certain techniques such as those dealing with irradiation.
  • Course work consisting of an appropriate combination of basic courses in genetics and cytology or statistics are also acceptable.

A combination of education and experience as described above. 


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