Food Safety Economist Announcement

ERS seeks an experienced economist to lead the research program on food safety issues. Candidates should have a strong background and publication record in applied microeconomics, including one or more of the following:  industrial organization, demand analysis, non-market valuation methods, and/or the economics of regulation.

The incumbent will be responsible for leading teams that conduct economic research on food safety with a  focus on one or more issues such as: consumer demand for food safety attributes, emerging private and public mechanisms from the farm to the retail level to improve safety of domestic and imported food supply, food safety systems in major U.S. food import markets, economics of the U.S. food traceability, labeling, certification and inspection systems, assessing the impact of government food safety regulations, and valuing the benefits and costs of greater food safety.  The research is expected to inform decision makers and to provide information for evaluation of alternative policies and programs.

Demonstrated ability to communicate with stakeholders and policy makers is highly desirable.  U.S. citizenship is required for ERS employment.  This position will be filled at the GS14 level (Salary range: $105,211.00 – $136,771.00).

Applications can be made at this link:
ERS-2010-0062 (Public) Research Agricultural Economist, GS-110-14 FPL GS-15, Closing date:  04/19/10

For questions or further information, please contact Laurian Unnevehr (; 202-694-5401) or Jay Variyam (; 202-694-5457).