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Faculty Research Assistant, Integrated Pest Managment (Weeds) with Oregon State University – Central Oregon Experiment Station in Madras, Oregon

Type of position The Central Oregon Experiment Station (ACT) invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, non-tenure track Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.

This position will provide technical and operational support as part of the Integrated Pest Management program at COAREC. The incumbent will work closely with the PI and other OSU staff as well as growers, agribusiness and other cooperators in all aspects of applied weed science research in crop and non-crop systems of central Oregon. Research activities take place in field, greenhouse, and laboratory, and relate to chemical and non-chemical weed control, herbicide resistance, weed biology, and integrated weed management

Employer Oregon State University – Central Oregon Experiment Station
Description of Employer This position is located at the Oregon State University Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center (COAREC), in Madras Oregon.
Location Madras, Oregon
Salary 42,000
Closing date of competition 1/31/2020 for full consideration
Date position available flexible, on or before 7/1/2020
Description of duties

65% – Research support
Assists with planning, implementation, and interpretation of research projects in field, greenhouse, and lab.

Specific duties include:
– Assist with planning and coordination of experiments.
– Complete experimental field work such as laying out experimental plots, planting, fertilizing, irrigating, and harvesting crops, making routine crop protection applications, and other crop production activities.
– Operate and maintain agricultural and experimental equipment.
– Cultivate weeds in greenhouse and field settings.
– Apply labelled and experimental herbicide treatments in field and greenhouse.
– Conduct lab research according to established protocols, assist in protocol modification and development as needed.
– Measure, collect, and process crop, soil, and weed samples.
– Evaluate and compare effects of experimental treatments.
– Collect and compile data, assist with analysis.
– Assist with development and revision of experimental protocols in lab, field, and greenhouse.
– Coordinate experiments with cooperators as appropriate, including OSU faculty and staff, commercial farm operators, and agribusiness representatives.
– Anticipate workload and effectively respond and communicate needs and changes to schedules and procedures as appropriate.
– Exhibit considerable levels of independent decision-making, professional judgement, and adaptive management in day to day conduct of research.

Due to the nature of experimental work, hand and manual labor is frequent and unavoidable in field, greenhouse, and lab settings. Examples include: hand weeding of experimental plots; hand transplant and hand harvest of weeds and crops; manual – and often tedious – hand collection, processing, and evaluation of plant biomass, seed, and soil samples; weed counts, and other time-intensive and manually involved evaluations of experimental treatments.

15% – Program stewardship and logistic support
– Plan, coordinate, and implement repairs and preventative maintenance of program equipment and machinery.
– Maintain inventory and purchase chemicals and other program supplies as needed, assist PI with budget management.
– Maintain records of pesticide applications and other workplace safety and compliance documentation as needed.

10% – Data entry and processing, data interpretation, recordkeeping, reporting
– Maintain appropriate written and computerized records of program activities for both scientific and workplace compliance purposes.
– Enter, process, and curate data derived from experiments.
– Assist with data analysis and interpretation, and generation and dissemination of program reports for stakeholders and research funders.
– Should incumbent desire, they will have the opportunity to participate fully in research planning, experimental design, statistical analysis, writing research reports, extension and academic articles, and participation in extension and scientific meetings.

5% – Service to COAREC and OSU
-Cooperate as team member at COAREC to ensure all center needs are met.

5%- Lead work
-As appropriate, lead coordination of work and research activities with employees of other OSU and partner programs.
-Assist with daily supervision and training of student or other trainee-level staff that may become associated with program.

Qualifications sought

Required Qualifications

Bachelor degree in crop science, plant science, agronomy, production agriculture, weed science, range management, or a related field. Degrees in biology, soil science, or other related subjects will be considered in combination with appropriate agricultural experience.

Application of herbicides and other pesticides in field and greenhouse environments is a critical and routine part of this position. Comfort with and willingness to use pesticides and a wide range of pesticide application equipment (including hand-held equipment) on a routine basis is essential.

Experience operating agricultural or equivalent equipment.

Willingness to perform manual labor as a non-trivial portion of job duties, including some repetitive and tedious tasks. Work may take place in adverse weather and difficult field conditions. Must be willing to maintain high attention to detail and proper protocols regardless.

Ability and willingness to work in a team environment with diverse individuals, as well as independently in the field with minimal guidance or oversight.

Current pesticide license, or ability to acquire Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Apprentice License within 90 days of hire. Apprentice license (or higher licensing if incumbent desires) must be maintained thereafter.

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.

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.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with production agriculture, particularly irrigated agriculture and the crops grown in central Oregon (vegetable and grass seed, wheat, alfalfa, hay and forage crops, high desert rangeland).

Experience or training in equipment maintenance, which may include engine mechanics, hydraulic and electrical systems, metal fabrication.

Familiarity with herbicide use and herbicide characteristics.

Familiarity with management and biological characteristics of weeds.

Experience with weed science or similar agronomic research, particularly small plot field research.

Experience with data entry, processing, and quality control.

Experience with statistical analysis in R or similar statistical software.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

Contact for additional information John Spring, john.spring@oregonstate.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Applications must be submitted via the Oregon State University jobs website. Full posting and application instructions at: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/86370
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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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