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Research Assistant I/II - Research Associate I

Employer
Auburn University
Location
Alabama, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

Requisition Number

S1016P

Home Org Name

Crop Soil and EnvironmentalSciences

Division Name

College of Agriculture

Position Title

Research Assistant I/II - Research Associate I

Job Class Code

HA01A/B, HA02A

Appointment Status

Full-time

Part-time FTE

Limited Term

Yes

Limited Term Length

3 years

Job Summary

This is a three year limited term position. Continued employment is contingent on availability of funding.

The individual in this position will be responsible for implementing research protocols and coordinating field data collection related to nutrient management and irrigation in Alabama row-crop production systems.

The successful candidate is expected to be highly organized, enjoys fieldwork, personable, enthusiastic, hardworking and be able to implement research protocols in hot and humid weather conditions.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

1) Sampling and processing of soil, plant, water samples at farms and transporting them to main campus laboratories.
2) Recording, organizing, and analyzing data using SAS or R.
3) Operating and troubleshooting farm equipment or small machinery.
4) Assisting with installation of irrigation sensors, and other irrigation related equipment.
5) Hauling heavy equipment to the field when needed. Must be able to lift at least fifty pounds and walk up to three miles a day, as fieldwork is a large component of this position.
6) Assisting with basic soil chemical laboratory procedures such as weighing soil and plant samples, filtration, washing glassware.
7) Assisting graduate students in their fieldwork.
8) Helping prepare for field days, manage logistics to conduct workshops and plan Extension related activities.

Frequent travel throughout the state of Alabama will be required.

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Soil Science, Crop Science, Agricultural Engineering or closely related field

Years of Experience

No experience required for entry level; Salary range $28,000 - $46,700

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Research Assistant II: Bachelor’s degree in the areas listed above and 2 years of experience working in research projects related to agronomy and soil science. Salary range $31,300 – $52,100

Research Associate I: Master’s degree in the areas listed above; no experience required. Salary range $32,300 – $52,100

Education Level

Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Additional requirements include knowledge/experience working in a farm setting; operating farm equipment; a demonstrated ability to collect, organize, and analyze data.

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required.

Minimum Technology Skills

Familiarity with Microsoft Office and statistical package such as SAS or R; familiarity with GIS techniques to map the field.

Minimum License and Certifications

A valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection.

The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the start date and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include the following:
Experience working in research projects related to agronomy and soil science, sampling and processing of soil, plant, water samples.
Experience with troubleshooting small equipment.
*Experience with GIS techniques to map the field.

Salary Grade

30

Salary Range

$28,000 - $52,100

Job Category

Education/Instructional

Working Hours if Non-Traditional

City position is located in:

Auburn

State position is located:

Alabama

List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

Must be able to lift at least fifty pounds and walk up to three miles a day, as fieldwork is a large component of this position.

Posting Date

08/09/2021

Closing Date

EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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 the online application system and attach a cover letter and resume. Only complete application packets will be considered for selection. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Quick Link for Internal Postings

https://www.auemployment.com/postings/24474
Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please provide how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution in Soil Science, Crop Science, Agricultural Engineering or closely related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection?
    • Yes
    • No


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