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Research Chemist

Peoria, Illinois
$79,363 to $122,683
Closing date
Jan 4, 2023

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The incumbent is a Research Chemist in the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Bio-Oils Research (BOR) Unit in Peoria, Illinois. The overall mission of BOR is to conduct basic and applied research on chemical, physical, and biochemical modification of new
crop oils and other plant components to develop new industrial products. This research is a component of ARS National Program 306 - Product Quality and New Uses.
 Major Duties:

  • Analyze fatty acid compositions of new plant oils, lipids, used cooking oils, and waste greases.
  • Measure relevant physical properties.
  • Separate and pretreat oils from feedstocks for conversion to novel products.
  • Synthesize biobased fuels, lubricants, lubricant additives, and cosmetics.
  • Evaluate properties of biobased fluids, formulations, and other products.

U.S. Citizenship is required. For further information and complete application instructions, go to the USAJobs Web site: and refer to announcement number ARS-D22MWA-11650140-CLO. Applications must be received by the closing date of January 4, 2023.

Contacts: Application procedure: Christina Olshawsky 970-305-6708
               Scientific information: Dr. Steven Cermak 309-681-6233
USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider

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