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Faculty Research Assistant with Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR

Type of position The Department of Horticulture invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

This position will lead the field research activities in weed management in perennial horticultural crops. The incumbent is responsible for design and implementation of research protocols, compiling research reports, outreach activities, and equipment maintenance. Other responsibilities include editing extension and research publications as needed, and supervising undergraduate and summer employees.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for extension and outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audience.

Employer Oregon State University
Location Corvallis, OR
Salary Commensurate with training, education, and experience
Closing date of competition 01/01/2020
Date position available 01/27/2020
Description of duties

60% Research

  • Implement, evaluate, and maintain lab, greenhouse, and field trials.
  • Demonstrate.
  • Operate a motor vehicle to transport equipment and personnel to research sites.
  • Manage all maintenance of lab and greenhouse equipment.

20% Reporting

  • Analyze data, draw conclusions, write up results in research reports.
  • Prepare presentations of research for conferences.

15% Lead work

  • Provide supervision and direction for assigned staff, students, and temporary employees in the field, includes planning, assigning, and reviewing work. The incumbent is responsible for recruitment, hiring, and firing of hourly workers, under the general supervision of the Project Leader.
  • Investigate and negotiate favorable terms for the purchase and maintenance of fixed assets.
  • Establish and maintain maintenance, repair, and routine cleaning records for lab vehicles and major equipment.
  • Create and oversee schedules for routine cleaning by student workers.
  • Provide a point of contact for administrative oversight for all lab members regarding hours worked, supply and equipment purchases, and travel reimbursement.
  • Create and maintain current chemical health plans, MSDS documents, and chemical inventories.
  • Make all lab members aware of chemical safety policies, training requirements, and monitor compliance.
  • Ensure a clean and safe work environment consistent with EHS policy for the storage and handling of chemicals and toxic waste.
  • Successfully complete and maintain an appropriate farm, lab, and greenhouse safety training and certifications.

5% Other Duties & Professional Development

  • Participate in professional development opportunities that enhance technical, educational and leadership skills at the departmental and CAS levels.
Qualifications sought
Minimum/Required Qualifications

B.S. degree in Crop Science, Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Science, Agricultural Science, Agronomy, or related field.

Ability to contribute to the ongoing review of project performance and the establishment of short-term objectives. Able to coordinate and organize simultaneous activities. Self-motivated.

Able to communicate effectively in English in writing and orally with individuals whose first language is other than English.

Possess sufficient discretion to manage confidential information appropriately, as when hiring or terminating student workers.

Experience with data management and statistical software (spreadsheets, word processing, and email), and the ability to learn new procedures, technics, or software programs quickly.

Excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to team-oriented management. Ability to clearly communicate job expectations and provide training when needed.

Ability to lift 50 lbs and work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Pesticide Applicator license within six months of the start date and maintain it throughout employment.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

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 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.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

M.S. degree in Crop Science, Soil Science, Horticulture, Plant Science, Agricultural Science, Agronomy, or related field.

Experience in agriculture in the PNW.

Hands-on experience in handling and applying pesticides.

Experience in operating and field equipment, including backpack and tractor-mounted farm implements and sprayers is desired.

Ability to make good decisions under conditions of unexpected changes.
Strong oral and written communication skills.

Record of/commitment to work with underrepresented/underserved students or other audiences.

Life experience, education, or training that broadens capacity to equalize student success or impact underserved audiences.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Operate a motor vehicle.

Apply pesticides.

Work with farm equipment.

Ability to lift 50 lbs and work outdoors for extended periods of time in all weather conditions.

May need to work after regular working hours and occasionally on weekends.

Contact for additional information Marcelo Moretti (marcelo.moretti@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.

For additional information please contact: Marcello Moretti, marcello.moretti@oregonstate.edu.

Submit to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/85731
Additional Information 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.

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 University Policy 05-030.

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