National Department of Food and Agriculture/USDA

NIFA is USDA’s extramural funding agency that supports user-inspired research, education, and extension for providing transformative solutions in food and agricultural sciences. We invest in and support initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.

This is a new position in leadership for ensuring relevant data science questions are an important part of NIFA’s science agenda and its ability to address issues contained in NIFA’s Strategic Plan and the REE Action Plan.  The successful applicant will lead agency research and education initiatives on agricultural data science, cyber informatics, interagency initiative in cyber physical systems and other programs as assigned that advance the generation, collection, handling and utilization of data for food and agricultural systems.

The National Program Leader for Data science will be a full-time, permanent GS-13/14/15 level position located in Washington, DC. Education and experience requirements for this position has been posted on the U.S. Government’s official website for employment opportunities at on August 3, 2017.

Vacancy Announcement Number:  NIFA-S17N-0029A is open to all U.S. Citizens.  You may use the following link to view/apply for this position:

More information about NIFA can be found at

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity employer and provider.







Charlotte Kirk Baer

National Program Leader

National Department of Food and Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture

(202) 445-3426