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Research Assistant /Research Associate

Employer
Auburn University
Location
Auburn, Alabama, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 20, 2024


Position Details

Position Information

Requisition Number
S3377P

Home Org Name
Crop Soil and EnvironmentalSciences

Division Name
College of Agriculture

Position Title
Research Assistant /Research Associate

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 College of Agriculture at Auburn University is actively seeking candidates for a Research Assistant/Research Associate. The selected individual 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.

About Auburn: At Auburn, our work changes lives. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a premier public institution, Auburn University is dedicated to shaping the future of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research, scholarship, and selfless service. Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, community outreach, positive work environment, student engagement, and thriving community.

Why employees choose Auburn: Auburn University was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama’s best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years. Employees enjoy competitive benefits that include top-notch health insurance, generous retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, flexible spending accounts, and more!

Learn more about Auburn’s impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting aub.ie/working-at-auburn .

Our Commitment: Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit auburn.edu/inclusion to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Research Assistant I: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Soil Science, Crop Science, Agricultural Engineering, or closely related field; no experience required. Salary range $33,300 – $46,600

Research Assistant II: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Soil Science, Crop Science, Agricultural Engineering, or closely related field and 2 years of experience working in research projects related to agronomy and soil science. Salary range $35,100 – $52,700

Research Associate I: Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Soil Science, Crop Science, Agricultural Engineering, or closely related field; no experience required. Salary range $38,600 – $57,900

*Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

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

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

Posting Detail Information

Salary Range
$33,300 - $57,900

Job Category
Research

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 50 lbs and walk up to three miles a day, as fieldwork is a large component of this position.

Posting Date
02/20/2024

Closing Date

EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. 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/43306
Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.
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    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • DiversityJobs
    • HigherEdJobs
    • HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • Indeed
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    • The Tuskegee News
    • Professional organization or journal
    • Veterans Assistance Services
    • Disability Assistance Services
    • State Employment Service
    • Social Media
    • AU Job Bulletin
    • Notified by an Auburn employee
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    • I went to the AU Employment Website directly (www.auemployment.com)
    • Other
  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University:
    • Current full-time Auburn or AUM employee within probationary period
    • Current full-time Auburn or AUM employee outside of probationary period
    • Current part-time Auburn or AUM employee
    • Not an Auburn or AUM employee
  3. * 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
  4. * Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection?
    • Yes
    • No


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