Open research position in entomology and ecology at the USDA-ARS in Sidney, MT

The Global Locust Initiative would like to pass along this job opportunity with the United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service:

The USDA-ARS is seeking a permanent, full-time entomologist or ecologist as lead investigator in one of the following two areas: 1) Applied modeling, spatial analysis, and forecasting of rangeland and crop insect pest distribution, outbreak dynamics, population growth, and/or risk analysis; OR 2) Plant-insect pest population dynamics with a strong quantitative focus.

Candidates with geospatial modeling expertise or strong programming skills in a language such as R or python are encouraged to apply. The position is at the Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney, Montana. We expect the selected candidate to lead a research program that develops practical methods and strategies that improve forecasting, predictive modelling and risk assessment of key insects such as rangeland grasshoppers, Mormon crickets and wheat stem sawfly as part of developing more effective and ecologically sustainable approaches to pest management. Prior experience working with insects is preferred but not required.

Our location houses a team of highly collaborative and enthusiastic scientists and support staff working in the fields of ecology, botany, entomology, pollinator resources, restoration, population genetics and agronomy. The position is advertised at the GS-12 level ($76K starting salary), includes full government benefits, has promotion potential to GS-15 (up to $160K), and is open to all U.S. Citizens and Nationals. Please apply on USAJobs (; Job Announcement Number: 568113100). Ad runs from May 20 to June 17, 2020. Questions? Please contact Dr. John Gaskin ([email protected]).