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Research Associate with Montana State University, Northwest Agricultural Research Center in Kalispell, MT

Type of position Professional
Employer Montana State University, Northwest Agricultural Research Center
Description of Employer The position will be located at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Center (NWARC) near Kalispell, Montana. NWARC is a part of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station headquartered at Montana State University. The center has responsibilities for conducting research and educational programs for agricultural producers in western Montana. The center consists of 200 acres, 130 of which are irrigated. The major crops include cereals, forages, peas and canola. The center is well equipped with modern field plot equipment, laboratory facilities and greenhouse space.
Location Kalispell, MT
Description of Location The Northwestern Agricultural Research Center is located 10 miles from Flathead Lake, the largest fresh water lake in the western U.S., and 45 miles from Glacier National Park. The area features a wide range of outdoor summer and winter recreational opportunities.
Salary $34,600 annually plus benefits,with consideration of a higher salary depending on experience, education, and qualifications
Closing date of competition Screening will begin July 7,2017 and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found
Date position available immediately
Description of duties

The successful candidate will participate in the design, establishment, and maintenance of field studies, the application of treatments including pesticides, data collection, and the analysis and summarization of research results. Duties also include the operation and maintenance of field and laboratory equipment, greenhouse culture, and the supervision of part time and seasonal labor. The individual must be able to work with a wide variety of constituents, be self-motivated and be able to work without close supervision. Some in-state travel will be required.

Qualifications sought

Required qualifications Include:

  1. B.S. in agronomy, biology or a closely related discipline.
  2. Field research experience in agronomic crops including: experimental design, field plot layout, establishment and precision seeding; plot maintenance including fertilization and pest management; precision harvesting of experimental plots, and procedures and practices associated with grain cleaning and processing.
  3. Experience in measuring, collecting and recording of response variables and the associated data management procedures required for statistical analysis.
  4. Experience in supervising part-time help.


Preferred Qualifications Include:

  1. M.S. in agronomy, biology, or closely related field.
  2. Research experience relating to integrated pest management and cultivar evaluation/plant breeding.
  3. Knowledge of the crops and production practices associated with Northwest Montana.
  4. Experience with SAS and ARM software systems.
  5. Experience in the operation and maintenance of field and laboratory equipment.
  6. Experience in statistical analysis, interpretation and presentation.
Application procedure  
Submit what See http://jobs.montana.edu/postings/9009 for application instructions
Submit to No e-mail applications accepted. See http://jobs.montana.edu/postings/9009 for application instructions.
Additional Information Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled
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