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Research Geneticist
USDA Forest Service
Position Close date: 
Monday, May 2, 2022

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS), Forest and Woodlands Ecosystems (FWE) Science Program, will soon be advertising for a Research Geneticist, GS-0440-11/12. The scientist, will be supervised by the Program Manager of the Science Program, and support the mission of the FWE program, which is discover, develop, and deliver scientific knowledge and innovative technologies to conserve, manage, sustain, and enhance the health and productivity of forest and woodland ecosystems in the western US. Program scientists perform research in spruce-fir, lodgepole pine, quaking aspen, dry and moist mixed-conifer, ponderosa pine forests, pinyon-juniper, and oak woodlands.

DUTY STATION: This position will be located in Moscow ID. Interested candidates can visit the RMRS website at: and the Forest and Woodlands Ecosystems Science website at:

The Community of Moscow, ID

Moscow is a town in Idaho with a population of 24,833. Moscow is in Latah County and is one of the best places to live in Idaho. Moscow is the home of the University of Idaho, the state's land grant institution and primary research university. Moscow is in the Pacific Time Zone. The elevation of its city center is 2,579 feet (786 m) above sea level. Spokane International Airport is ninety miles (140 km) north. The summers are short, warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 86°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 95°F. For more information on Moscow, ID:


The position supports the themes of a) discovering tree and population response to disturbance; b) building resistance and resilience to disturbance; and (c) adaptation to climate change. The scientist will develop hypotheses, design and implement studies, interpret data, draw conclusions, prepare products, and transfer technology to users for a better understanding of conserving and restoring forest and woodland vegetation for the future.

Objectives of the position are to:

Use genomic, molecular, biochemical, and plant systematics methods to help identify genetic foundations of species, populations, and individuals. Address questions regarding the genetic basis of pathogen and drought resistance, differential gene expression, genetic mapping, phylogeography, phytogeography, and phylogenetics;
Use genomic data to examine the genetic diversity and population genetic structure of tree species for regeneration and restoration purposes to support forest health in a changing climate;
Use genome and transcriptome data to define the molecular basis of phenotypes and responses to the biotic and abiotic environment;
Communicate results, prepare manuscripts, and provide recommendations for management and selection of appropriate plant materials (in light of human impacts, climate change, and projected changes in plant distributions).
The scientist will be involved in:

Research to conserve and promote genetic diversity of tree populations to increase adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change and other novel stressors.
Quantitative genetics research to improve natural resource management
Evolutionary fitness research in the presence of insects and pathogens
The scientist designs, conducts, reports, and transfers knowledge gained from studies, disseminating research results to a local, regional, and international audience of forest health specialists, forest land managers, silviculturists, other scientists, university students, policymakers, and the public. Outlets may include refereed and editorial publications, synthesis documents, websites, field tours, and presentations at symposia and workshops.

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