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Faculty Research Assistant with Oregon State University in Corvallis

Type of position The Department of Crop and Soil Science invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

This position is an agriculture (field crops) Faculty Research Assistant with assignment to the Weed Science Project in the Dept. of Crop and Soil Science. Yearly reappointment is possible with satisfactory job performance. The incumbent contributes to the missions of Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES) and Agricultural Experiment Station (OSUAES) with principle responsibility for providing technical support for the Weed Science research and Extension program.

The faculty research assistant will insure that all people have equal employment and program participation opportunities regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, and disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

Employer Oregon State University
Location Corvallis
Salary Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date of competition 09/02/2019
Date position available 08/02/2019
Description of duties

55% Responsible for management of field research activities in support of weed management and herbicide evaluation research and outreach education.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, all phases of the Weed Science program with specific duties that include design, completion, evaluation and publication of field 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 will also collaborate and assist project personnel, graduate students, other OSU faculty, and collaborating research and extension programs with general research activities. This 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 assisting graduate students in the Weed Science Group with thesis research and supervising undergraduate student workers. A limited amount of time will be spent managing laboratory, greenhouse and growth chamber weed research studies.

5% Maintain, operate, and secure equipment used for field, greenhouse, and laboratory research. Maintain and order supplies as needed for conduct of research activities. Maintain all appropriate safety and training records. 
Responsible for general maintenance and repair of field, laboratory and greenhouse equipment, coordination and sharing of equipment between OSU projects, and rental of equipment as necessary. Responsible for purchasing of 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 Leader. Take periodic inventory of general supplies to insure availability when needed. 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 project or motor pool trucks as needed. Responsible for general organization and upkeep of facilities assigned to the Weed Science Project in cooperation with other project staff and compliance and maintenance of all safety training needs and records.

25% Scholarly and Outreach Education Activities
The incumbent 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 Leader, 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 OR is expected.

5% Responsible for general supervision, management, and coordination of student hourly workers and their work schedules. 
Incumbent is responsible for recruitment, hiring, and firing of hourly workers, under the general supervision of the Project Leader. Maintain records of time sheets, provide summaries of hours and labor projections as needed by the Project Leader. In collaboration with all project staff, coordinate activities and training to ensure safe operations of equipment and safety of project personnel in accordance with state, OSU 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 applicators license. Collaborate in training sessions for staff and hourly on annual basis and maintain all records on safety training and certification of project employees. Monitor staff and hourly work as needed to insure continued safe operation of equipment and safe use of herbicides and other chemicals throughout the year.

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

B.S. degree in agronomy, crop science, plant science, horticulture or a related field.

Experience in management of applied field research is required. 
Experience in management of greenhouse, laboratory and growth chamber research is desired. 
Experience with computer spreadsheet and word processing programs and with statistical analysis software. 
Experience with field research techniques including experimental design, maintenance and evaluation of field plots, data collection and statistical analysis.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team atmosphere.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.

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

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 OSUStandard 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 University Policy 05-030.

M.S. degree in agronomy, crop science, plant science, horticulture or a related field.

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.

Contact for additional information Andrew Hulting (Andrew.Hulting@oregonstate.edu)
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. Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses. All courses must be from accredited colleges, universities, or private vocational schools.

Submit to Online: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/81074
Additional Information 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.
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