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Date: Jun 28, 2019

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32608

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Requisition No: 66888 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV - 42001239

Position Number: 42001239 

Salary:  $43,507.36 - $47,858.10 

Posting Closing Date: 07/26/2019 






John McVay, (352) 395-4771


A doctorate from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in one of the biological sciences and one (1) year of professional biological regulatory experience in a field or laboratory program.

Possession a valid Driver License.

Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work history,
hours worked and formal education are required to be considered in
qualifying for this position.  Responses to Qualifying Questions must be
verifiable in the Candidate Profile.  Resumes and other documentation
can be attached to provide additional information.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities.  Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Occasional travel is required.


GENERAL STATEMENT: This is a professional scientific position primarily responsible for disease diagnosis and section activities relating to bacterial plant pathogens in support of the plant and plant pest regulatory activities of the Division of Plant Industry (DPI).

Diagnoses plant disease caused by fungi, viruses, virus-like agents, abiotic agents and particularly caused by bacterial agents.

Investigates causal agents of new diseases, performs pathogenicity tests, identifies unknown pathogens and informs regulatory decisions. Work may be performed alone or in cooperation with other plant pathologists and scientists. Collaborates with DPI staff and other entomologists to identify and recommend control measures of vector-borne bacterial agents.

Maintains working understanding and ability to formally and informally disseminate information on, modern bacterial taxonomy and its inherent species, delimitation methodology, including changes to the state of the field as they arise. Writes, edits, and reviews professional manuscripts. Prepares internal and external peer-reviewed publications as required to provide the public with specific information on plant pathological problems.  

Conducts field investigations for noteworthy plant diseases in Florida and elsewhere in cooperation with division, university, federal and industry personnel. 

Communicates with scientists and public within and outside of Florida concerning emerging and existing bacterial plant diseases that threaten Florida agriculture. Provides updated information to supervisors and administration as needed.

Advises and assists public and private growers in response to specific and urgent plant disease problems. 

Performs other related duties as assigned by Bureau Chief, Assistant Bureau Chief, Assistant Director and Director, including special reports, special assignments and travel, committee appointments and task force appointments.


  • Working knowledge of classical and molecular techniques for diagnosis of biotic plant diseases. Classical techniques include recognizing signs and symptoms of infection in both field and laboratory settings, pathogen isolation and culture, host inoculation, hypersensitivity reactions. Molecular techniques include DNA and RNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction, PCR, quantitative PCR, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA).
  • Knowledge of bacterial molecular systematics preferred.
  • Skilled in Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville