Posting Number SP002976P
Position Title Research Associate
Division/College Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Department Plant Sciences
FLSA Status Overtime Exempt
Employee Category Exempt
Pay Range $44,616 annually or higher depending on education and experience
Type of Appointment Fiscal Year
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Under the general supervision of the project leader, the Research Associate
will manage the daily operations of the potato and onion research project
including designing, planning and conducting field trials and greenhouse
studies; collecting, analyzing and summarizing data; assisting in preparation
for workshops, seminars, meetings and field days and writing technical
reports. The Research Associate will be expected to complete tasks in a timely
and efficient manner with minimal direction from the project leader and
provide quality technical support to the research project.
The Department of Plant Sciences works to advance research and address many
local, regional and global challenges such as breeding plants to tolerate
drought-stress, developing sustainable cropping practices and conserving plant
species for future generations. Our department prepares students for careers
in the rapidly changing fields of applied and basic plant sciences and in
modern production agriculture.
Funding This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or
A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy. No
Key Accountability Assist project leader in conducting onion and potato
Planning and organizing field trials and greenhouse studies on cultural
management practices and growth and development of onions and potatoes.
Includes planting and harvesting of onion and potato trials with small plot
planters and harvesters; collecting in-season data on disease incidence and
crop development; operating hyperspectral equipment for remote sensing of
plant stress and pathogens; and grading based on market size classes for each
Coordinating day-to-day management of plots with the farm manager; applying
pesticides; and operating tractors, sprayers, tillage, and harvest equipment.
Performing routine equipment maintenance; and developing and implementing
experimental designs and procedures for field, storage and greenhouse
Key Accountability Contribute to program management by:
Collecting, analyzing and summarizing data; keeping detailed experimental
records; performing literature searches; and assisting in preparation of
progress reports, grower meeting and field days, manuscripts, and
Key Accountability Contribute to team effort by:
Supervising and training of temporary employees; ensuring all employees follow
safe laboratory and work practices and undergo safety training; assisting in
the research activities of graduate students; attending meetings; and
assisting collaborators in cooperative research.
Two years of post-bachelor's lab and field experience.
Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science, Agronomy, Horticulture or related
Required Licensures, Certifications or other
Must possess or be willing to obtain Idaho Limited Applicator's license.
Must be willing and able to occasionally travel up to 300 miles from the main
experiment station and work extra hours when needed.
Master of Science degree in Plant Science, Agronomy, Horticulture or related
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
Demonstrated ability in keeping records of research data, summarizing research
Experience developing and delivering scientific presentations.
Experience performing a variety of specialized tasks and laboratory techniques
specific to the needs of the position.
Following good safety practices.
Operating, maintaining, calibrating, troubleshooting and resolving basic
problems with instruments and equipment.
Willingness to learn research-related onion and potato production practices
and greenhouse procedures.
Experience with computer statistical software programs, growth and care of
plant pathogens, and with production practices of onions and potatoes and have
good interaction with growers, co-workers, and the public.
Good knowledge of: scientific principles; computer hardware and software
Knowledge of remote sensing concepts and technologies for detection of plant
stress and pathogens.
Physical ability to carry, lift and/or otherwise move bags of onions and
potatoes weighing up to 80 pounds from the field onto trailers, or in trucks,
or between storage facilities.
May be required to work with toxic, volatile and corrosive chemicals and/or
May be required to work in adverse environmental conditions.
Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of
Posting Date 08/19/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
First consideration date for receipt of applications is September 12, 2021.
IMPORTANT: To be considered, your “Letter of Qualification” must address EACH
of the required qualifications, including pertinent education and/or
experience. In addition, please address as many of the Preferred
Qualifications as possible. Information on a resume will not be accepted as a
substitute for submitting a Letter of Qualification.
Background Check Statement
Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass
a criminal background check.
The University of Idaho (U of I) is an equal opportunity and affirmative
action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and
staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly
encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of
its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces
diversity, U of I does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression,
disability, genetic information or status as any protected veteran or military
status in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions and
Letter of Qualification
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