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Research Specialist

University of Idaho
Idaho, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 12, 2022
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University of Idaho

Research Specialist

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Classified

Pay Range: $17.74 per hour or higher depending on experience

FTE: 1.0

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
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 limits
  • Collecting laboratory or field data
  • Conducting research and analysis of scientific data
  • Participating in research design discussions
  • Performing literature reviews
  • Preparing reports
  • 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

    The primary responsibility is to perform lab, greenhouse, and field research procedures for the University of Idaho's Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN, Globodera pallida) research program on the Moscow Campus as part of a multi-state collaborative effort to eradicate PCN in Idaho under the direction of the PCN Project Director. The position will be to perform research activities and other tasks as necessary in support of eradicating PCN in Idaho.

    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in nematology, plant pathology, entomology, plant science, or a related field.
  • Following pre-established procedures or protocols.
  • Collecting and reviewing scientific data.
  • Keeping complete and accurate records.
  • Working in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in nematology, plant pathology, entomology, plant sciences, or a related field.
  • Two years of lab, greenhouse, or field experience in nematology, plant pathology, plant science, or natural sciences.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in data analysis.
  • Experience maintaining and rearing nematode cultures.
  • Experience in field research.
  • Experience with sterile technique.
  • Ability to operate farm equipment.
  • Knowledge of plant care/plant health.
  • Knowledge of soil types, drainage, and soil amendments.
  • Experience with containment protocols for quarantine pests.
  • Experience maintaining plants under greenhouse conditions.
  • Operation, maintenance, and repair of small engines and pumps.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
  • Must be able to lift, carry and/or otherwise move heavy materials weighing up to 30 lbs.

Required Licensures, Certifications or other
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and be able to pass driving background check.

Posting Number: SP003639P

Posting Date: 10/11/2022

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
Applications received by October 30, 2022, will receive first consideration.

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.

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement
University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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