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Researcher I (Weed Science) with Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, IL

Type of position The School of Agricultural Sciences within the College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale has a position available as a Researcher I (Weed Science). The Researcher I will assist with weed science research in the lab, greenhouse, and agriculture field. The successful candidate will work in conjunction with faculty, researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students, including collaboration with individuals at funding agencies and other universities. This is a 15-month Administrative/Professional position, with future appointment depending on available funding and satisfactory performance.
Employer Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Location Carbondale, IL
Salary $35,564
Closing date of competition September 15, 2021
Date position available October 1, 2021
Description of duties

Specific responsibilities will include:  operation and management of field research equipment, data collection and management, and performing pesticide applications.

Other responsibilities may include: any and all aspects of conducting weed management and agronomy research, including sharing information and coordinating work with graduate and undergraduate students, crop and weed biomass collection, seed collection and germination testing, soil seedbank grow outs, herbicide resistance assays, equipment and chemical inventory, and maintenance of field and greenhouse research areas. 

Attention to detail in following research protocols and working as an effective research team member are integral parts of this position. Communication with other team members in a timely manner is critical to candidate and project success. This includes daily reporting of tasks accomplished for project tracking and planning during the field season.  Occasional overnight travel is required.

Qualifications sought

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in a plant science or agriculturally related field.
  • Minimum one (1) year experience, (pre or post degree) conducting agronomic research, data management, and associated field operations in weed science-related research.   
  • Experience using computer spreadsheet, word processing, and graphical presentation software.  
  • Licensed as a pesticide applicator in the State of Illinois or obtain such license by employment start date.   
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Candidate must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Candidate must be able to work in extreme environmental conditions, including outdoors during hot, humid summers in corn, soybean, sorghum, etc. agricultural fields.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in the fields of agronomy, soil science, or weed science 
  • Previous experience in greenhouse research
  • Knowledge of regional herbicides, and typical agronomic practices used for weed control
  • Experience with industry-specific (ARM) software 
Application procedure  
Submit what Required documents: Cover Letter, Resume/CV
Submit to Apply online: https://jobs.siu.edu/
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