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WSSA Seeking New NIFA Fellow

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Weed Science resource for USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and to act as a liaison between WSSA members and USDA-NIFA employees.  Dr. Donn Shilling from the University of Georgia has served in this role for the past three years, but plans to step down from this position in 2018.  Our intention is for Donn and the new NIFA Fellow to initially work together during the transition period.  Ideally, the new individual will travel to Washington, D.C. approximately once every 6 – 8 weeks to interact and work with USDA-NIFA employees during the week.  The NIFA Fellow will provide input on a wide range of topics such as current weed management practices, herbicide resistance management, weed biology and ecology, invasive plants, and the potential for new weed management paradigms such as the use of weed genomics and intelligent weed removal technologies.  A key role for the NIFA Fellow is to connect USDA-NIFA staff with WSSA committees and members to leverage their expertise to address these and other Weed Science topics.

This individual should be willing to learn the USDA-NIFA policies and procedures, become familiar with the USDA-NIFA staff and their roles in the agency, and develop a basic understanding of how USDA-NIFA funding priorities are established and grants awarded.  This individual must be a member of the WSSA, prepare a quarterly report for the WSSA Board of Directors and report in person to the WSSA Board of Directors when requested such as during the annual meeting. The WSSA will provide a stipend of up to $25,000 per year for travel and expenses while working at USDA-NIFA. The applicant is expected to work with their employer to obtain approval to serve in this volunteer capacity as part of their responsibilities.

The application period will end on May 1, 2018, or until a suitable candidate is identified. Ideally, the individual selected would be available to make their first visit to USDA-NIFA in the fall of 2018, but this is negotiable.

Please email a letter of intent and resume to Lee Van Wychen at Lee.VanWychen@wssa.net and Scott Senseman at ssensema@utk.edu. If you have questions or would like to discuss the position, please contact Donn Shilling at dgs@uga.edu.  Further information on the NIFA Fellow position and a listing of previous reports can be found at http://wssa.net/society/wssa-nifa-fellow/.

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