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Research Specialist
Post Date: 10/26/2020
Close Date: 11/16/2020
PO Box 6150, Dept 3140

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$30,000 - $49,999


Job Description:
Position Description & Details:
The research specialist position supports the overall agronomy research program with an emphasis on crop production prevalent in northeast North Dakota. Two main agronomic program emphasis areas include crop variety evaluation trials and applied crop production research. The research specialist will participate in all field and laboratory activities in the agronomy program. This includes (but is not limited to) seed and field plot preparation, planting, crop maintenance, pesticide application, performing maintenance on equipment, recording field observations, harvesting, and processing harvested plot samples. This position requires an excellent work ethic, attention to detail, self-motivation, and desire to keep learning and improving. The position requires a ND Pesticide Certification License.


Provide support for small plot agricultural research projects.

Spring seed preparation including cleaning and packaging of plot seed.

Assist station scientists to design, measure and mark small plot locations for various research projects.

Perform seasonal tasks on small plot research trials including but not limited to planting, recording field observations, weeding, spraying, rototilling, swathing and harvesting.

Process small plot research trials after harvest including but not limited to bagging, storing, cleaning, weighing, and sample collection for quality analysis.  

Perform scheduled maintenance and needed repairs, and also provide assistance in repairing small plot research equipment.

Supervise temporary workers when working on small plot research trials.

Provide support per research agronomist’s request on trials and breeder nurseries managed by main station researchers.

Capability to operate field scale and plot size research equipment.

Demonstrated computer skills and ability to work with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.

Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as a team member.

Extremely well organized, detail oriented, and self-motivated.

Good oral and written communication skills.

Work with others to properly maintain our fleet of equipment, implements, etc. and assist others to keep station buildings up to code.

Work with others and follow any directions needed to properly maintain the CASE IH equipment program.

Work with others to keep our buildings up to code and to promote as efficient and healthy working conditions as possible.

Assist other station scientists and research specialists when appropriate and help to promote a unified team approach for the work done at the LREC.

Become proficient with statistical analysis program to set up research trials and record field observations.

Provide assistance for research scientists to pursue competitive grants.

Work Schedule:
Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
Overtime as needed.

Advertised Salary:
$45,000+  (Commensurate with education and experience.)

Benefitted – Includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance.

Applicant Materials Required:
Cover letter, diploma/transcript, resume, and two letters of recommendation.

For inquiries contact Randy Mehlhoff, LREC Director at randall.mehlhoff@ndsu.edu or 701-256-2582.

NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university – with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

Minimum Qualifications:
B.S. degree in an agricultural or closely related discipline.
Broad knowledge of agricultural production in ND.
Have a valid ND drivers license.
Familiarity operating and maintaining farm machinery and equipment.
Able to work constructively as a team member.

Preferred Qualifications:
M.S. degree in an agricultural discipline and crop production experience.
Experience in scientific research and knowledge of statistical tools used to analyze research data.

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