This position is located at the MSU Central Agricultural Research Center (CARC) in Moccasin, MT. The center serves dryland farmers and ranchers in a large multi-county region with major emphases on cereal, pulse, oilseed, specialty grain/seed, and forage crops in the context of cropping systems and soil health. Conventional and organic cropping systems are studied. The full-time research associate position provides support for the agronomy/soil microbiology programs at the CARC, in addition to the supervision of part-time/seasonal employees who assist with these programs. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Assistant Professor of Agronomy & Soil Microbiology at the CARC. The main duty will be to assist in planning and conducting small plot research for small-grain variety trials and microbial inoculant evaluations at the center and associated off-station sites. The research associate will assist in planning and executing research projects and field experiments following accepted scientific protocols; application of treatments and management of experimental plots; protocol development, pest management, data collection, entry, and analysis; summarization and interpretation of research results; and writing grant proposals and reports and publications. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Jed. Eberly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required qualifications for this position include: (1) B.S. degree in Agronomy, Biology, Soil Science, or related discipline; (2) demonstrated experience in farming operations, from planting through harvest and including fertilization and pest management (i.e., pesticide application); (3) experience implementing and maintaining field research, collecting and recording field data, and managing the data for analyses, interpretation, and summarization; and (4) experience in the safe operation of farm equipment. Preferred qualifications for this position include: (1) M.Sc. degree in Agronomy, Biology, Soil Science, or related discipline; (2) experience in and knowledge of dryland crop production in the Great Plains; (3) experience in operating field and laboratory instruments; (4) experience with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, and R statistical software; (5) successful supervisory experience; and (6) experience with basic microbiology and molecular biology skills including culturing, sterile techniques, DNA/RNA extraction, and PCR.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications.
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MSU is recognized nationally for its prominence in research among leading public research universities. Our research centers address production challenges in the diverse agro-ecosystems of the state and provide the foundation upon which the research and teaching missions of the university stay relevant to needs of agriculture in the state of Montana.