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Research Associate with Montana State University in Bozeman, MT

Type of position Research Associate in Integrated Weed Ecology and Management. This is a professional staff position in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture.
Employer Montana State University
Location Bozeman, MT
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Closing date of competition Screening of applications will begin on 07/21/2021 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
Date position available Upon successful completion of search
Description of duties

The Research Associate will be expected to coordinate activities with supervisors (Dr. Jane Mangold and Dr. Fabian Menalled) to accomplish the objectives of the Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Program in close communication but often with minimal supervision in conducting various tasks. Research sites will occur across Montana with the hub of activity originating in the Gallatin Valley near MSU. Occasionally, due to travel across the state and/or during field season (approximately May through October), long days will be required to perform time-sensitive weed management operations. Ability to acquire strong operational skills for small to medium-sized tractors, pesticide sprayers, tillage equipment, seeders, small-scale plot harvesters, and other farm and range management equipment is required. Basic mechanical skills are a key asset. Accurate data capture is required for a wide range of crops and rangeland plant communities in a variety of experiments. The ability to work with student researchers and supervise seasonal staff in accurate data collection and other routine field work is also required. Statistical analysis, report writing, and oral presentations skills are encouraged.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct experiments and trials as part of the Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Program in crop and rangeland systems in field, greenhouse, and laboratory environments. 
  • Operate small to medium-sized tractors, ATVs, pesticide sprayers, seeders, tillage equipment, small-scale plot harvesters, and various other equipment associated with farm and range management. 
  • Record all pertinent metadata related to management and environment conditions associated with experiments and trials. 
  • Ability or desire to learn how to manage and collate large amounts of experiment and site data. 
  • Collect, summarize, and analyze treatment data from field, lab, and greenhouse experiments. 
  • Contribute to annual reporting of herbicide efficacy and safety trials and other weed management studies. 
  • Supervise seasonal or temporary employees for accurate data capture and routine field work. 
  • Assist undergraduate and graduate student researchers in the Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Program. 
  • Assist with weed and invasive plant ecology and management teaching and Extension activities. 
  • Interact with collaborators, stakeholders, and students in a professional manner. 
Qualifications sought


  1. B.S. in agronomy, environmental sciences, range ecology or related field. 
  2. Working knowledge of field research procedures. 
  3. Potential to operate and perform routine maintenance on plot scale equipment. 
  4. Demonstrated ability to work efficiently in Microsoft Office software, including Excel for data management.


  1. M.S. in agronomy, environmental sciences, range ecology or related field. 
  2. Experience with production of dryland crops and rangeland common to Montana. 
  3. Experience identifying plants in a variety of Montana plant communities from cropland to rangeland. 
  4. Experience in data analysis, including a Global Positioning System (GPS), and data manipulation using Excel and Geographic Information System (GIS) software. 
  5. Experience supervising undergraduate students for accurate data capture. 
  6. Experience in assisting graduate students in their field, greenhouse, and laboratory activities. 
Contact for additional information Dr. Jane Mangold, jane.mangold@montana.edu or (406) 994-5513 or Dr. Fabian Menalled, menalled@montana.edu or (406) 994-5883
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Additional Information Montana State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled
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