Research Associate - Agronomy

Montana State University

United States

July 31, 2021


Position Details Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21155

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kenneth D. Kephart at 406-348-3400 or

Classification Title Research Professional Working Title Research Associate - Agronomy Brief Position Overview

Provide assistance towards the development of new or improved scientific approaches relative to agronomic production research at the Southern Ag Research Center in Huntley, MT.

Position Number 4C5013 Department AES SARC Division College of Agriculture/MAES Appointment Type Research Professional Contract Term Fiscal Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date FLSA Exempt Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE 1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary Minimum salary of $40,000 commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications Contract Type LOA If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This position provides technical support to the Agronomy Research Project at the SARC in Huntley, MT.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Responsibility for the implementation, maintenance and interpretation of applied agronomic field research conducted on the Southern Ag Research Center under the direction of the Superintendent.
  • Serve as the Agronomy Research Project Leader. Primary research areas include; regional and statewide germplasm evaluations directed towards variety development, alternative crop species evaluations and improved crop management systems.
  • Assist in the planning, design and implementation of field research projects.
  • Application of treatments to research plots, recording field data, collecting research samples using scientifically prescribed methods.
  • Analysis of experiment data, summarization and interpretation of research results.
  • Maintain plot and related scientific equipment and supplies.
  • Help to supervise part-time and/or seasonal employees hired for conducting general farm operations and research activities.
  • Provide periodic support for other research projects at the center and foundation seed production.
  • Communicate research findings and data well to other faculty and staff and the general Ag community, both verbally and in writing.
  • Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • B.S. in Agronomy or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, design and implement field research, and interpret research results using accepted scientific methodology.
  • Experience with the basic operation, maintenance, and repair of field plot equipment.
  • Experience in collecting, recording, archiving, and analysis of field data.
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • M.S in Agronomy or closely related field.
  • Academic and/or production experience with dryland and irrigated crops and related cropping systems common to the intermountain regions of the western United States.
  • Experience with surface (ditch and/or gated pipe) irrigation systems.
  • Experience with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, and Statistical Analysis Systems (SAS) software.
  • Journal and/or grant writing experience.
  • The Successful Candidate Will

    The successful candidate will:

  • Work successfully with a diverse group of people.
  • Have the ability to consistently exercise initiative and good judgment.
  • Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Time management skills and be detail oriented.
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively with co- workers.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co- workers and others in a team-oriented environment.
  • Be able to represent SARC and its programs in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver's license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points)
  • Must possess a State of Montana Certified Government Pesticide Applicator's License for the control of agricultural pests, or be eligible and able to obtain one within 6-months of date of hire.
  • Occasional work in the evening or on weekends may be required.
  • 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.

    Physical Demands

  • Must be able to enter, exit and operate numerous types of farm equipment; requires working around loud machinery, and occasionally working at elevated positions (grain bins, roofs).
  • Must be able to maneuver 60 pounds; requires repetitive movements and remaining in a stationary position for extensive periods of time.
  • Must be able to work with and around dust, pollen-bearing plants and pesticides; requires the ability to wear a respirator or related safety equipment.
  • Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions.
  • 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.

    This position has supervisory duties? Yes

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be:

    Screening of applications will begin on 07/31/2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

    Special Instructions

    To be considered for this position, please upload your current resume or CV and a document outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

    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.

    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran's status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

    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. .

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

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