Research Associate

University of Idaho
Idaho, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Idaho

Research Associate

Location: Parma

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Exempt

Pay Range: $44,615 annually or higher depending on experience

FTE: 1.0

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
The University of Idaho Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology seeks a plant diagnostics specialist to join the multi-disciplinary team at the Parma R&E Center. The position will be the key diagnostic lab contact for the Plant Pathology Lab at Parma with responsibility for receiving and initially assessing diagnostic samples and running tests as required or referring them to the appropriate specialist. The successful candidate will also undertake diagnostic test development under the supervision of the PI, as well as undertaking research projects into characterizing plant pathogens, disease monitoring and disease management. This position is contingent upon funding and is a full-time (12-month) position.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • B.S. degree in plant pathology, entomology, agronomy, crop science or closely related field .
  • Two years of post-bachelor’s research experience related to the domain of this position.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in plant pathology, entomology, agronomy, crop science or closely related field.
  • Experience with molecular lab techniques and training in molecular diagnostics and applied plant pathology, entomology and/or nematology diagnostics and IPM practices.
  • Laboratory management experience including monitoring safety compliance, training personnel, and budgeting and procuring necessary supplies/equipment.
  • Experience in developing and revising standard operating procedures.
  • Training or experience in developing and delivering extension programs for producers and county educators.
  • Experience supervising other personnel and advising graduate students.
  • Knowledge of USDA-APHIS regulations and reporting of regulated pathogens.
  • Evidence of participation or willingness to participate in professional activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues and clientele.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Experience working independently.
  • Experience managing field, greenhouse and laboratory research projects.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
  • Ability to perform assigned laboratory duties; ability to work with fungal plant pathogens.
  • Ability to do field work collecting plant and soil samples.

Required Licensures, Certifications or other

Posting Number: SP003178P

Posting Date: 01/06/2022

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
First consideration date for receipt of applications is January 27, 2022.

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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