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Research Associate – Weed Science with Montana State University in Southern Agricultural Research Center (SARC), Huntley, MT

Type of position Non-tenure-track
Employer Montana State University
Location Southern Agricultural Research Center (SARC), Huntley, MT
Description of Location The Southern Agricultural Research Center (SARC) is a 462-acre facility located in the Huntley-Worden Irrigation Project approximately 15 miles east of Billings, Montana. The center conducts agronomic research and education programs for agriculture in the dryland and irrigated areas located in proximity to the Yellowstone River Valley of south-central Montana. Major crops include winter and spring wheat, malt and feed barley, oat, sugar beets, silage and field corn, dry beans, alfalfa, as well as substantial hay and pasture acreage. Sprinkler irrigation occurs in the region, but flood irrigation districts predominate in the river valleys where higher value crops are grown. Dryland small grains are mostly produced in crop-fallow rotations. Additional information about the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Department of Research Centers and the Southern Agricultural Research Center may be found by accessing MSU’s College of Agriculture web page at https://agresearch.montana.edu/index.html
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Benefits Eligible
Closing date of competition Upon successful completion of search
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties

This position is expected to demonstrate initiative in carrying out the duties of this position. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Involved in the establishment and maintenance of:
    • Field research plots from planting to harvest.
    • Sample collection and processing.
    • Herbicide/pesticide spray operations.
    • Greenhouse/laboratory experiments.
    • Chemical/supplies inventory, purchasing.
    • Field data collection and data management.
  • Oversees the operation, maintenance, and repair of research and field/heavy equipment, vehicles, and greenhouse/laboratory related to the weed science program.
  • Supervises and trains full-time and part-time employees in the weed science program.
Qualifications sought

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  1. B.S. in Agronomy, Biology, or a closely-related field.
  2. Experience and accurate knowledge of agronomic practices including seedbed preparation, planting, fertilization, irrigation, pest management, harvest, and sample processing.
  3. Capable of designing and laying out field research plots and herbicide applications using handheld and tractor-mounted sprayer.
  4. Ability to operate farm equipment (tractor, planter, combines, tillage, spray equipment etc.).
  5. Basic computer skills and ability to work with data management software for developing protocols and analyzing data.
  6. Experience in supervising personnel.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  1. M.S. in Weed Science, Agronomy, Biology, or a closely-related field.
  2. Academic and/or production experience with dryland and irrigated crops and related cropping systems common to the intermountain regions of the western United States.
  3. Experience in data collection and management of large-scale field research experiments.
  4. Farm experience including diagnosing and repairing farm equipment.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work under minimum supervision while making good decisions and accomplishing tasks/workload in an accurate and timely manner.
  6. Demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
Contact for additional information Dr. Lovreet Shergill at 406-348-3400 or lovreet.shergill@montana.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what To be considered for this position, please upload your 1) current resume or CV, 2) Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications, and 3) transcripts from college or university.
Submit to For complete job announcement and application procedures, click on https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/21543
Additional Information Montana State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled
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