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Research Associate in Weed Science/Agronomy

Date of posting here December 19, 2011
Type of position Full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, non-tenure track position.
Employer Montana State University
Location MSU Northwestern Agricultural Research Center, Kalispell, MT
Description of Location The position will be located at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Center (NWARC) near Kalispell, Montana. NWARC is a part of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station headquartered at Montana State University. The center has responsibilities for conducting research and educational programs for agricultural producers in western Montana. The center consists of 200 acres, 130 of which are irrigated. The major crops include cereals, forages, peas and canola. The center is well equipped with modern field plot equipment, laboratory facilities and greenhouse space. The center is located 10 miles from Flathead Lake, the largest fresh water lake in the western U.S., and 45 miles from Glacier National Park. The area features a wide range of outdoor summer and winter recreational opportunities.
Salary $32,000 annually
Benefits Eligible
Closing date of competition Until a suitable candidate is found
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties The individual will support the integrated weed management and small grain cultivar evaluation programs. The successful candidate will participate in the design, establishment, and maintenance of field studies, the application of treatments including herbicides, data collection, and the analysis and summarization of research results. Duties also include the operation and maintenance of field and laboratory equipment, greenhouse culture, and the supervision of part time and seasonal labor.

The individual must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, be able to work with a wide variety of constituents, be self-motivated and be able to work without close supervision, and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team environment. Some in-state travel will be required.

Qualifications sought Required Qualifications:

  1. M.S. in Weed Science, Agronomy, or closely related discipline.
  2. Experience in agronomic field plot techniques including experimental design, data collection and statistical analysis.
  3. Experience in the use of IBM-PC compatible computers and Word, Excel, Power Point, and SAS software programs.
  4. Possess a valid driver’s license.
  5. Possess or be able to obtain a government pesticide applicators license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Research experience relating to weed/crop ecology, integrated pest management, or plant breeding.
  2. Knowledge of cereal-based cropping systems.
  3. Have an established scientific publication record.
Application procedure
Submit what
Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant’s signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate “Applicant – Search #12122-33” in the subject line of the email.

  1. a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  2. a current curriculum vita, and
  3. copies of official transcripts, and
  4. the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email address of (3) three current professional references.

A complete position description and application instructions are posted at http://www.montana.edu/jobs/research/12122-33.

Submit to
submit application packet electronically or mail to:

Dr. Bob Stougaard
Northwestern Agricultural Research Center
4570 MT Hwy 35
Kalispell, MT 59901


Additional Information In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
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