Research Assistant (Agronomy)

Job Number:  953

Department:  Agricultural Research

Summary:

The Research Assistant assists in setting up field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments and is resp0nsible for the maintenance of ongoing experiments which includes day-to-day data collection in the field and indoors, conducting chemical and statistical analyses of data.

Responsibilities:

  • Planting and maintaining field experimental plots
  • Collecting and analyzing greenhouse gas samples from field plots
  • Collecting soil and plant samples at appropriate intervals and preparing for appropriate analyses
  • Collecting field data related to plant physiology, plant morphology, and soil activities at designated times
  • Maintaining laboratory equipment and reagents in good condition for an efficient working laboratory
  • Conducting laboratory analyses
  • Conducting statistical analysis of data
  • Harvesting field plots and collecting harvest and post-harvest data
  • Coordinating research work conducted by students
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Minimum:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or biological sciences
  • Knowledge and experience working with statistical software
  • Ability to work in field during summer and winter months
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred:

  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Knowledge of setting up field experiments and harvest
  • Experience using instruments used in plant physiology research
  • Experience using laboratory instruments in soil elemental and plant quality analyses

Working conditions:

  • Regular work hours (8 am to 5 pm)
  • Extensive outdoor (in the field) work year-round
  • Occasional travel required for joint work with USDA-ARS, Tifton
  • Working in laboratory dealing with chemicals

Physical requirements:

  • Lifting and carrying up to 60 pounds
  • Standing for extended periods of time; stooping and bending
  • Working in a dusty environment during field operations
  • Operating and driving University/state vehicles (car/van)

Interested persons should submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • FVSU Application (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Cover Letter (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) – Diploma copies are not accepted in lieu of transcripts
  • List of three (3) Professional References including their contact information

Complete application packets should be emailed to hrfvsu@fvsu.edu, with the Job Title and Job Number in the subject line. Application packets that do not contain ALL required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.