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Post Doctoral Research Associate with Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, USA

Type of position Academic Teaching/Research Faculty, Fixed-Term, Non-Tenure Track
Employer Oregon State University
Description of Employer Department of Crop and Soil Science
Location Corvallis, OR, USA
Salary $48,000-52,000
Closing date of competition 10/31/17
Date position available 12/1/17
Description of duties

55% Management of laboratory, greenhouse, growth chamber, computer modeling and field research activities in support of weed management research and outreach education.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, all phases of the Weed Science Group programs with specific duties that include design, completion, evaluation and publication of field, laboratory, greenhouse and growth chamber and computer modeling weed research studies. The incumbent interfaces with growers, industry groups and extension and research faculty to conduct and report on weed science research efforts. The incumbent will solicit herbicides and other research inputs from industry representatives as needed. The incumbent collaborates and assists project personnel, graduate students, OSU faculty, and collaborating research and extension programs with general research activities. This responsibility includes contributing to experimental design, management of research trials, seed preparation and planting, harvest, sampling, evaluation of crop quality characteristics, data collection and analyses, and dissemination of results. Additional responsibilities include advising and assisting graduate students in the Weed Science Group with thesis research and supervising undergraduate student workers.

The incumbent also has the following responsibilities: Responsible for general maintenance and repair of laboratory and greenhouse equipment, coordination and sharing of equipment between OSU projects, and rental of equipment as necessary. Responsible for purchasing supplies and small equipment as needed for timely completion of studies. Responsible for maintaining service contracts and arranging for repair or service on major equipment items as needed. Facilitate purchasing of general supplies and small equipment, under direction of Project Leaders. Take periodic inventory of general supplies to insure availability when needed. Equipment and supply purchases over $500 require advance approval the Project Leaders. Consultation with other project personnel, including graduate students, is expected regarding needs and purchases as necessary to insure availability and avoid duplications and delays. Coordinate and arrange vehicles, rental equipment, and Weed Science Group or motor pool trucks as needed. Responsible for general organization and upkeep of facilities assigned to the Weed Science Group in cooperation with other project staff

25% Scholarly, Teaching and Outreach Education Activities
The incumbent has primary responsibility of classroom and laboratory instruction of CROP 440/540 Weed Science during Spring Term 2018. The incumbent also interfaces with growers, industry groups and extension and research faculty to conduct and report on weed science research efforts. Therefore, the incumbent will summarize and analyze data and report research findings at grower and industry meetings throughout the state, scientific meetings and in extension and scientific literature. The incumbent will keep records and provide necessary reports to the Project Leaders, Department Head, and CAS including plans of work, reports of accomplishment, and statistical reports. The incumbent will contribute to publication of reports and papers related to research project activities and review literature and electronic sources needed to conduct and finish research trials and project activities. Travel off campus to conduct research and outreach education activities throughout Oregon is expected.

10% General supervision, management, and coordination of student hourly workers and their work schedules.
Incumbent is responsible for recruitment of hourly workers, under the general supervision of the Project Leaders. Incumbent will provide summaries of hours of student workers and labor projections as needed to the Project Leaders. In collaboration with all project staff, coordinate activities and training to ensure safe operation of equipment and safety of project personnel in accordance with state and OSHA guidelines. Contribute to development and implementation of safety and safety training program for Weed Science project staff and hourly workers. This includes keeping up-to-date with OSHA and State safety guidelines and maintaining the appropriate pesticide public applicators license. Collaborate in training sessions for staff and hourly workers on annual basis and maintain all records on safety training and certification of project employees. Monitor staff and hourly workers as needed to insure continued safe operation of equipment and safe use of herbicides and other chemicals throughout the year. Supervises 1-3 Graduate Assistants in the instructional and/or research activities.

5% Professional Development
Participate in professional development opportunities that enhance technical, educational and leadership skills at the departmental and CAS levels. Participate in regional and national society meetings and functions.

5% Service
Serve on professional society, University, College, Department, and Extension committees as appropriate.

Qualifications sought

Ph.D. in weed science, agronomy, crop science, plant science, horticulture, or a related field is required.

Experience in management of greenhouse, laboratory and growth chamber research.

Experience with computer spreadsheet and word processing programs and with advanced statistical analysis software.

Experience with modeling applications of weed research data and modeling of the development of herbicide-resistant weed populations.

Experience with field research techniques including experimental design, maintenance and evaluation of field plots, data collection and statistical analysis and library research.

A demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team atmosphere.

Evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.

The successful applicant must have or be able to obtain an Oregon consultant/public pesticide applicators license within three months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in teaching undergraduate weed management classes.

Experience in operating farm or research-scale field equipment.

Experience in commercial or research field crop management.

Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity through project teaching, public outreach and hiring activities.

Application procedure  
Submit what When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: Andrew.Hulting@oregonstate.edu

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

If a Criminal History Check is required, add the following language: This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU STANDARD 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.

If a Motor Vehicle History Check is required, add the following language: This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU STANDARD 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Transcripts must be submitted. All courses must be from accredited colleges, universities, or private vocational schools. The online application system will allow you to attach your transcripts if the PDF file is 9MB 9or less. If over 9MB 9in size, submit to contact person listed. Transcripts must be received by the closing date.

Submit to Follow instructions for applying at the following site:
https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/49940
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