Research Associate

University of Idaho

United States

October 15, 2021


Position Details Posting Number SP002976P

Position Title Research Associate Location Parma 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 FTE


Full Time/Part Time Full Time Position Overview

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.

Unit Overview

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 funding. A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy. No Internal Posting?

Position Responsibilities

Key Accountability Assist project leader in conducting onion and potato research by:

Job Duties

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 commodity.

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 experiments.

Key Accountability Contribute to program management by:

Job Duties

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 presentations.

Key Accountability Contribute to team effort by:

Job Duties

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.

Required Experience

Two years of post-bachelor's lab and field experience.

Required Education

Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science, Agronomy, Horticulture or related field.

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.

Additional Preferred

Master of Science degree in Plant Science, Agronomy, Horticulture or related field.

Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

Demonstrated ability in keeping records of research data, summarizing research data.

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 programs.

Knowledge of remote sensing concepts and technologies for detection of plant stress and pathogens.

Physical Requirements

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.

Working Conditions

May be required to work with toxic, volatile and corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances.

May be required to work in adverse environmental conditions.

Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of application.

Posting Date 08/19/2021

Closing Date 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.

EEO Statement

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 educational programs.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of Qualification
  • Optional Documents

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