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Research Specialist with University of Idaho in Kimberly Research and Extension Center, Kimberly, ID

Type of position Non-tenure-track
Employer University of Idaho
Location Kimberly Research and Extension Center, Kimberly ID
Description of Location The Kimberly Research and Extension Center is located northeast of Kimberly, about six miles east of Twin Falls and is operated by the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences through the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station. The heart of the Kimberly Research and Extension Center is the farm that consists of 180 acres of irrigated land. The center also has four greenhouses, a dry bean research facility complete with laboratories, seed cleaning complex, seed warehouse and a potato storage research complex. The center conducts research and extension projects related to potatoes, sugar beets, dry beans, forages, small grains, entomology, weed science, irrigation and water resources. Additional information about the Kimberly Research and Extension Center can be found at https://www.uidaho.edu/cals/kimberly-research-and-extension-center
Salary $16.45 per hour or higher depending on experience
Closing date of competition Position will remain open until a pool of suitable candidates is identified. Applications received by Nov. 1, 2020, will receive priority consideration.
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties Assist PI with field-based weed science research projects: (50%; Essential)

All activities required for the successful execution of a field-based weed science research program including field site preparation, planting crops, application of herbicide treatments using hand-held and tractor-mounted sprayers, evaluation of weed control and crop safety, harvesting and cleaning seed for yield and quality, and collecting and cleaning weed seed to be used in experiments. Operation of farm machinery including tractors, planters, combines, sprayers, etc. will be expected. Maintenance and calibration of tractor-mounted and handheld research sprayers will be required. Computers and hand-held data collectors and associated software will be used in the collection, entry, and analysis of data. This job will require working in an outdoor environment with varying environmental conditions and will occasionally require lifting of bags or containers of seed, fertilizer, chemicals, etc.

Assistance with greenhouse weed science research projects: (30%; Essential)

Assistance with setting up greenhouse research projects will be required. This will include cleaning and filling of pots with soil, planting seeds, spraying plants in a spray chamber, and data collection.

Research data and record management: (15%; Essential)

Assist PI in data entry and keeping inventory of research equipment and supplies including but not limited to chemicals, seeds, personal protective equipment.  

Contribute to team effort: (5%; Marginal)

Assistance in the supervision of undergraduate and temporary and seasonal staff will sometimes be necessary. Occasional travel to field sites and to attend meetings will also be required.

Qualifications sought Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in weed science, crop science, agronomy, plant science, range management, or related field
  • Experience with herbicides and pesticides application and in the calibration of pesticide applicators
  • Experience using computer software and applications for word processing, developing spreadsheets, email and internet
  • Experience in effective written communication skills
  • Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and be able to successfully pass a driver’s record check
  • Applicant must hold or be able to obtain an Idaho Pesticide Applicator’s License within 6 months of hire

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in weed science, crop science, agronomy, plant science, range management, or related field
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Experience with small plot field research, experimental design, data collection and analysis
  • Experience in the operation of farm equipment such as tractors, sprayers, and hand tools
  • Proficiency in using R or similar analytical statistics software
  • Proficiency in using ARM trial management software

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

  • May be required to work with toxic, volatile and corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances
  • May be required to work in adverse environmental conditions (dusty, hot, or cold conditions outdoors)
  • Must be able to lift, carry and/or otherwise move objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
Contact for additional information Dr. Albert Adjesiwor at 208-423-6616 or aadjesiwor@uidaho.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Applicants, please provide:

– Resume/CV
– Three professional references within the application.
– Answers to all of the Supplemental Questions.

Submit to For complete job announcement and application procedures, click on: https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/29735
Additional Information The University of Idaho (U of I) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, U of I does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, genetic information or status as any protected veteran or military status in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions and educational programs.
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