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Research Associate - Agronomy

Employer
Kentucky State University
Location
Frankfort, Kentucky
Salary
50,000
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

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TITLE: Research Associate Agronomy                                                    

DEPARTMENT: College of Agriculture Community and the Sciences

REPORTS TO: Principal Investigator

EFFECTIVE DATE: TBD

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-Time        

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Exempt                         

 

                            

 

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Under general supervision, manage, maintain and conduct field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments as defined by a particular project. Provide supervision and assistance to junior level technicians, graduate and undergraduate students in conducting their research. 

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Conduct laboratory, greenhouse and field research experiments. 
  • Manage and maintain field research sites. 
  • Collaborate with farm crew for timely planting, harvesting and other in season crop management practices in field research trial. 
  • Routinely collect, store and process plant and soil samples from experimental sites.  
  • Operate field and laboratory equipment.  
  • Purchase and maintain seed, fertilizers and other necessary field experiment and lab supplies as needed. 
  • Train and assist graduate and undergraduate students in setting up and conducting their research projects.
  • Collect, compile and analyze experimental data and assist in developing progress reports. 
  • Organize and participate in training sessions and workshops. 
  • Drive University/State vehicles. 
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. 

 

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:

  • Ability to set up and conduct laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments. 
  • Experience with planting, harvesting, crop management and related farm work. 
  • Ability to operate and maintain field and laboratory equipment. 
  • Knowledge of research techniques, methods and procedures. 
  • Knowledge of data compilation, interpretation and analysis methods and techniques. 
  • Ability to obtain UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) license for operating drones. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to maintain concise and accurate records. 
  • Ability to work within the guidelines of specific projects to gather and interpret experimental data. 

 

 

MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Master of Science degree in Science, Agriculture or a related field; 1-2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities.  

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

Experience with agronomy, crop physiology and remote sensing research and statistical analysis.  

 

 

 

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT: 

  • Physical activity related to farming: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling objects over 50 pounds. 
  • Handling of farming equipment. 
  • Frequent outdoor work. 
  • Standing and/or walking up to several hours. 
  • Working outside in adverse weather conditions such as hot and cold.  Involves considerable exposure to unusual elements such as dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. 
  • Laboratory environment may have regular exposure to biological, radiation, chemical, and mechanical hazards, vapors, fumes, and temperature variations. 
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.

   

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Kentucky State University is a public, comprehensive, historically black land-grant university committed to advancing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, enhancing society, and impacting individuals by providing quality teaching with a foundation in liberal studies, scholarly research, and public service to enable productive lives within the diverse global economy.

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