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Research Technician with Cornell University in New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva NY

Type of position Cornell University’s Specialty Crop Systems Lab is seeking a Research Technician III to support research and extension programming focused on weed management and sustainable crop production practices in New York specialty crops, including processing and fresh market vegetables, small-fruit, and perennial tree fruit. This is an exempt staff position that is contingent upon the continuation of funding.

The research and extension program is designed to help NY growers develop multi-tactic integrated weed management practices and system approaches that enhance productivity, profitability and ecosystem services in various cropping systems. The field research program will focus on population dynamics of troublesome weed species, herbicide evaluation and stewardship, efficacy of novel mechanical weed control methods, cover crop management within diversified cropping systems, and organic production practices.

Employer Cornell University
Location New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva NY
Salary Competitive salary and benefits package
Closing date of competition open until filled
Date position available November 1, 2017
Description of duties

Specific duties will be to: 1) establish and maintain small-plot and cropping-system level field experiments, 2) operate and maintain specialized tractor-mounted equipment, including planters, grain-drill, cultivators and sprayers, 3) assist in completion of small-plot herbicide trials, including pesticide calibration, spraying and inventory maintenance, 4) assist in data collection, including weed population census, cover crop peformance and cash crop yields, 5) process and summarize data, 6) assist in supervision of temporary staff and collaborate with graduate students to execute data collection protocols, 7) assist in extension programming, including field trial reports, newsletters and field workshops, 8) maintain good communications with the program team, farm staff, collaborators at Cornell, and with stakeholders, 9) identifiy problems and develop solutions in day-to-day research operations, and 10) participate in professional development opportunities

Qualifications sought

Minimum Qualifications: Associate’s Degree in the area of biology, horticulture, agricultural science or related discipline and two years’ relevant job experience. Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Plant Science, Soil Science, Agronomy, Horticulture, Agroecology or a related field. Ability to obtain certified pesticide applicators license. Experience in: 1) operating tractors and specialized equipment, including planters, grain drills, cultivators and sprayers, 2) conducting field research and knowledge of experimental design concepts, 3) identifying and surveying weed species, 4) GIS/GPS technology or precision agriculture, 5) growing plants under greenhouse or growth chamber conditions, 6) herbicide application and best management practices, 7) laboratory instrumentation, 8) writing scientific reports and conducting basic statistical analysis using software, such as JMP or R.

Contact for additional information John Wallace (jwallace@cornell.edu)
Assistant Professor of Specialty Crop Systems
Application procedure  
Submit what Submit: 1) letter of interest addressing qualifications for the position, 2) resume or CV, 3) names of three professional references.
Submit to Submit application packet online at https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs (posting: #WDR-00012343).
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