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USDA-ARS Biological and Horticulture Research Intern

*Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline.
ARS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station located in Kearneysville, West Virginia.
Research ProjectThis research project will examine the use of UV-C irradiation for the control of major fungal diseases of strawberries and management of insects and mites. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will assist in the development of UV-C technology to be delivered to strawberry plants with an autonomous vehicle that is programmed to traverse experimental plantings with GPS guidance. 
Learning ObjectivesThe learning objectives for the participant will include identification of disease-causing fungi, arthropod pest identification, control of these diseases and arthropod pests with pesticides and ultraviolet radiation. The participant will learn about computer programming and operation of agricultural robots, data acquisition, statistical analysis, and preparation of research reports. The participant will also have opportunities to make oral/poster presentations of research findings at local/regional conference(s).  
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Fumi Takeda ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Winter 2020 / 2021.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.