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Research Specialist Sr. with Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech in Painter, VA

Type of position Regular Staff
Employer Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech
Description of Employer Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
Location Painter, VA
Salary Commensurate with Education and Experience
Closing date of competition Review date: August 15, 2021 (Open until filled)
Date position available July 15, 2021
Description of duties

Conduct weed science research leading to efficient and effective weed control in grain, oilseed, fiber, and vegetable crops for the farmers of Virginia through a better understanding of herbicide activity. Assisting faculty, staff, and stakeholders with the SmartFarm initiative through Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech that involve unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and robots. 

Job duties

1. Establishes and maintains studies by implementing treatments as needed, herbicide applications, and mechanical weed control.

2. Collects injury, weed control, and yield data according to predetermined standards.

3. Analyzes and formats data for research reports, scientific papers, and presentations at scientific and grower meetings using software designed for these purposes (Gillings, Excel, PowerPoint).

4. Makes recommendations in the absence of faculty supervisor. Visits growers’ fields and conducts on-farm trials. Must obtain pesticide-applicator license within first three months.

5. Support students and staff in developing/ designing, customizing the smart farming equipment and use of 3D printers. Able to perform data analysis using simple to use software (e.g. Image J) for UAV based herbicide-applications, pattern testing and drift studies.


Qualifications sought

BS in weed science, a closely related field, or experience demonstrating proficiency in weed science research tasks, agricultural robotics, and/or UAVs. Knowledge of general production agriculture, and in particular, weed science; experienced in small plot design, herbicide applications, experienced to handle research and farm equipment, skills and experience in filing and organizing data, ability to interpret data, conducting field surveys for herbicide-resistance evaluations, and to meet and communicate with diverse groups; which may include those involved in agricultural production along with scientists in industry and university systems. Because of the importance of statistics, one must be knowledgeable and competent in the use of computers and computer software programs including statistical packages (i.e. ARM), data storage, and word processing. Responsible for animal control; may carry a use a firearm as a part of daily responsibilities.

Preferred: Proficiency in ARM software for data analysis

Contact for additional information Lauren Seltzer (mlpeyton@vt.edu)
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume and cover letter indicating interest, education and relevant experience
Submit to https://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/516753/research-specialist-sr
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