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Montana State University Research Associate - Cropping Systems Agronomy *Conrad, MT* in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22357

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Justin Vetch

justin.vetch1@montana.edu

Classification Title Research Professional

Working Title Research Associate - Cropping Systems Agronomy Conrad, MT

Brief Position Overview

This Research Associate position is located at the Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center, near Conrad, MT. The position is responsible for supporting the Agronomy Research program by conducting variety trials and lab analysis on; cereal grains, pulses, and other crops.

Position Number 4C0892

Department AES WTARC

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $36,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Western Triangle Ag Research Center consists of 75 acres and serves agricultural producers by conducting relevant research in cereals, oilseeds, pulses and forage crops and disseminates the garnered information to the general public. The current research center staff is comprised of one superintendent/agronomist, one part time administrative assistant, and one research assistant. A local advisory board made up of area producers and industry representatives from the surrounding counties, provides guidance on WTARC research priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the WTARC agronomist and is expected to carry out tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Preparation for planting experimental trials, planting, harvesting, sample processing, and crop management for the field and greenhouse trials of cereal grains and other various crops.

  • Assist in upkeep of plot research trials.

  • Manage the laboratory and maintain the lab instruments.

  • Collect, analyze and archive data.

  • Aid in writing reports and publications.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • B.S. in Plant Science, Soil Science, Environmental Science, or closely related discipline

  • Experience in field small plot and greenhouse experiments, which include setting up seed packages, planting, harvesting, crop management, and sample processing.

  • Experience in use of word processing, spreadsheet, and statistical software.

  • Demonstrated proficient science writing ability.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experienced in laboratory measurement of plant and soil samples for nutrient content.

  • Experience in physical and chemical analysis for soil, plant seed and biomass.

  • Experience in chemical mixing and application for small plot research.

  • Ability to obtain FAA Part 107 sUAS operator license.

    The Successful Candidate Will

| Be an enthusiastic, motivated individual who works as a team member in support of the AES mission. The individual must be able to follow instructions and be able to work cooperatively with others, as well as independently. The individual must be able to learn new skills and carry out the duties of the position in an efficient manner by being detail-oriented and having the ability to meet deadlines. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills, and will be a critical thinker who can effectively prioritize and manager several projects at once as well as demonstrate proficiency in writing and ability to publish.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must have or obtain an MT pesticide applicators license within 6 months of hire

  • Must have ability to maneuver up to 80 pounds.

  • Must have the ability to navigate uneven terrain.

  • Position will require employee to work both indoors and outdoors

  • Exposure to all types of adverse weather conditions.

  • Exposure to airborne irritants such as dust, pollen, and chemicals.

  • Must be willing to work outside of traditional business hours when research protocols dictate.

  • Occasional in-and-out-of-state travel will be required.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Physical Demands

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 26, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment/dualcareer.html

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