Research Associate II/III / Research Fellow I/II

Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 24, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Crop Soil and EnvironmentalSciences

Division Name

College of Agriculture

Position Title

Research Associate II/III / Research Fellow I/II

Job Class Code

HA02B/C, HA03A/B

Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

4 years

Job Summary

The Prasad Lab at Auburn University is seeking a Research Associate-Il/lll / Research Fellow l/ll to work in a multidisciplinary team comprising of scientists working in area of environmental nutrient management, soil fertility, and precision irrigation. The individual in this position will coordinate the laboratory and field experiments related to irrigation, cover crops, nutrient budgets, and Edge-of- Field runoff losses under the supervision of Dr. Rishi Prasad. The successful candidate is expected to be highly organized, personable, enthusiastic, willing to travel and stay overnight for research related projects. Preference will be given to candidate with experience in H-Flumes, auto samplers, data collection for water quality parameters, familiarity with laboratory procedures for water, soil and plant analysis, and experience with phosphorus modeling using APEX or SWAT .

This is a four year limited term position and is funded from external sources. Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funds.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities will include:
- Maintain equipment related to Edge-of-Field runoff losses at research sites at several locations in Alabama.
- Travel to collect water, plant, and soil samples at research sites throughout the state.
- Operate analytical instruments such as ICP - AES, discrete analyzer, and perform laboratory analysis.
- Maintain sample chain of custody and perform data quality control and quality assurance.
- Assist graduate students in their research work and supervise undergraduate student workers.
- Help organize field days, workshops, or any other extension activities when required.
- Assist with data analysis, writing reports, and preparing manuscript for submission to peer reviewed journal.

Education Level

Research Associate requires a Master's degree from an accredited institution; Research Fellow requires a Doctoral degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Soil Science, Hydrology, Biosystems, Engineering, or a closely related field at the time employment begins.

Years of Experience

Research Associate II requires 2 years; No experience is required for Research Fellow I.

Area of Experience

Relevant work experience in research practices and protocols

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Research Associate III requires 4 years of relevant work experience

Research Fellow II requires 2 years of relevant work in experience

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Research Associate II - When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of r

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills; demonstrated technical excellence, ability to work both independently and in a team environment, and a commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment.

Minimum Technology Skills

- Familiarity with Microsoft Office

Minimum License and Certifications

Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection.

Desired Qualifications

1. Experience troubleshooting runoff monitoring equipment, demonstrated ability to collect, organize, and analyze data in SAS or R, strong record of productivity with evidence of peer-reviewed publications.

2. Experience in water quality monitoring and field experiments.

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$31,300 - $65,500

Job Category


Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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Posting Date


Closing Date

EEO Statement

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please utilize the attachment feature of our online employment site, attach a cover letter, complete resume/curriculum vitae and names, and contact information of three references.

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How were you made aware of this opportunity?
    • AU Employment website
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  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University.
    • Not a current Auburn employee
    • Current Auburn employee in position less than one year
    • Current Auburn employee in position more than one year
  3. * Do you have a Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution in Soil Science, Hydrology, Biosystems, Engineering, or a closely related field, or will at the time employment begins?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+

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