The Northern Agricultural Research Center of Montana State University is seeking interested candidates for the position of Research Associate with the Cropping Systems and Agronomy research group, based in Havre, MT. The Research Associate will be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of field research conducted on and off-station under the direction of the Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems, Dr. Maryse Bourgault. Current research projects include investigations of root growth and development in field pea, lentil, wheat and barley, rotational experiments and investigations of fall-planted broadleaf crops, on-station and on-farm investigations of the potential benefit of deep placement of phosphorus in no-till systems, investigations of the impact and benefits of cover crops and investigations of the benefits of organic matter in a semi-arid environment.
Duties and Responsibilities of the position include:
Assistance in the planning, design and implementation of field research projects, including soil sampling, planting, application of treatments and general maintenance of research plots;
Field data recording and collection of research samples using scientifically prescribed methods;
Data compilation, entry and analysis, including image analysis for root growth; summarization and interpretation of research results;
Maintenance of plot and laboratory equipment and supplies;
Support for other research projects and farm operations at the center as required.
Secondary duties assigned to this position include:
Direct supervision of part-time and/or seasonal employees;
Travel to agronomic meetings and presentation of research results may also be required periodically;
Other related duties as assigned.
Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 13,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is recognized as one of 106 U.S. Research Universities representing the top tier of the Carnegie Foundation rankings.
The mission of the Department of Research Centers is to serve the specific needs of the clientele in local production areas and the broader needs of Montana agriculture in general through applied research directed to the problems and impacts of agricultural production.
The Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) is one of seven research centers distributed across Montana in the Department of Research Centers under the College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. NARC is located in the north-central region of Montana, 6 miles SE of Havre and was established in 1915 on the site of what was once Fort Assinniboine, a military post established in the 1880's. The goal of its researchers is to serve Montana farmers and ranchers by seeking more profitable ways to produce, market and use agricultural products. The area boasts spectacular scenery and rural appeal plus an array of recreational activities including fishing, hiking, hunting, photography, skiing, boating, and musical and cultural events.
Applicants are asked to submit a statement that addresses each and every of the required and preferred qualifications. The use of numbering and/or bullet points is encouraged and appreciated.
Screening of applications will begin on March 21, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
B.S. in Agronomy, Plant Science, or related field;
Demonstrated ability to plan, design and implement field research including field plot layout and establishment; plot maintenance including fertilization, irrigation, weed and pest management, and precision harvesting of experimental plots;
Experience in collecting and recording scientific field data;
Experience in the safe operation of farm scale and/or plot scale equipment;
Experience with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Suite and R software for data manipulation and statistical analysis, or other statistical software;
Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and written instructions;
Demonstrated ability to communicate results to farmer and scientific audiences;
Possess or willing to obtain a Montana Department of Agriculture Government Pesticide Applicators License;
Possess or be able to obtain a Montana Drivers License.
M.S. in Agronomy, Plant Science or related field;
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) pilot license (part 107) with experience flying a UAV for research data collection, and experience analyzing UAV data.
Experience in successfully supervising personnel;
Experience with dryland crops and related cropping systems common to the Northern Great Plains of the United States;
Grant, scientific paper and/or popular press report writing experience.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Internal Number: STAFF - VA - 19267
About Montana State University, Northern Agricultural Research Center
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