Posting Number SP003973P
Position Title Research Specialist
Division/College College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Department Plant Sciences
Posting Context Statement
The Research Specialist will assist the Brassica Breeding Principal
Investigator and Research Associate with developing new, improved cultivars of
canola, rapeseed, and mustard, as well as associated fundamental and applied
research with these crop species.
Performs research activities and analysis, recording observations and
measurements, and reports results. Participates in analyzing and preparing
results for publication. Works under general supervision.
Duties may include:
Preparing standard solutions for calibration and analyses
Interpreting test results and comparing with determined standards and
Collecting laboratory or field data
Conducting research and analysis of scientific data
Participating in research design discussions
Performing literature reviews
Comparing data and historical records for trend verification
Developing reference files, comparison charts, and graphs on research data
Assisting with site inspections and field oversight
Having little or no supervisory responsibilities
Other duties as assigned
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Following pre-established procedures or protocols
Collecting and reviewing scientific data
Keeping complete and accurate records
Working in a team environment
Bachelor's degree in plant science
Must have a valid driver's license and ability to meet UI requirements for
driving university vehicles
Must have or be able to obtain an Idaho commercial pesticide applicator
license within three months of the hiring date
Bachelor of Science degree with two years of experience in agronomy, plant
science field research techniques, and statistical analysis of
Demonstrated skills in greenhouse plant husbandry, chemical analysis of
oilseeds, operation of small plot farm equipment, and operation of motor
vehicles including the ability to tow and back trailers loaded with
equipment, and calibration of pesticide application equipment.
Ability to work on own initiative; work independently and cooperatively in
small groups; plan projects to achieve goals of the overall program; work
effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision; identify and solve
problems; prioritize tasks and manage own and employees' time; interpret
results from experiments; effectively supervise employees; establish and
maintain effective working relationships; work cooperatively with faculty
and staff from other programs; and work extra hours when required.
Physical Requirements & 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, i.e., dusty,
hot, or cold conditions outdoors.
Must be able to lift, carry or otherwise move objects weighing up to 30
Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of
FLSA Status Overtime Eligible
Employee Category Classified
Pay Range $18.10 per hour or higher depending on experience
Type of Appointment Fiscal Year
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Funding This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or
A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy.
Posting Date 06/09/2023
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
IMPORTANT: To be considered, your “Letter of Qualification” must address
EACH of the required qualifications, including pertinent education and/or
experience. In addition, to improve your ranking during the evaluation
process, 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.
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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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