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Research Associate or Postdoctoral Researcher – Weed Science with Montana State University – Bozeman in Southern Agricultural Research Center (SARC), Huntley, MT

Type of position Research Professional (non-tenure track)
Employer Montana State University – Bozeman
Location Southern Agricultural Research Center (SARC), Huntley, MT
Description of Location The Southern Agricultural Research Center (SARC) is a 462-acre facility located in the Huntley-Worden Irrigation Project approximately 15 miles east of Billings, Montana. The center conducts agronomic research and education programs for agriculture in the dryland and irrigated areas located in proximity to the Yellowstone River Valley of south-central Montana. Major crops include winter and spring wheat, malt and feed barley, oat, sugar beets, silage and field corn, dry beans, alfalfa, as well as substantial hay and pasture acreage. Sprinkler irrigation occurs in the region, but flood irrigation districts predominate in the river valleys where higher value crops are grown. Dryland small grains are mostly produced in crop-fallow rotations. Additional information about the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Department of Research Centers, and the Southern Agricultural Research Center may be found by accessing MSU’s College of Agriculture web page at https://agresearch.montana.edu/index.html
Salary $40,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Benefits Eligible
Closing date of competition Until adequate applicant pool is established
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties
This position is expected to demonstrate initiative in carrying out the duties of this position. Duties include but are not limited to: 
  • Involved in the establishment and maintenance of:
    1. Field research plots from planting to harvest
    2. Sample collection and processing
    3. Herbicide/pesticide spray operations
    4. Greenhouse/laboratory experiments
    5. Chemical/supplies inventory, purchasing
    6. Field data collection and data management
  • Conduct greenhouse/laboratory and applied field-oriented research on integrated strategies for weed control and herbicide resistance management in Montana cropping systems
  • Work at the Ag. Experiment Station with a team of graduate students and other field research staff, and design studies, and collect data
  • Oversee the operation, maintenance, and repair of research and field/heavy equipment, vehicles, and greenhouse/laboratory related to weed science program
  • In addition, if applying as a postdoctoral researcher:
    • Perform statistical analysis, write reports, and present findings at regional/national weed science meetings
    • Write grants and publish research findings in a peer-reviewed journal
    • Establish collaborative research in at least one of the following:
      • Remote sensing/precision agriculture for weed management
      • Investigating molecular/physiological mechanisms of herbicide resistance in weed biotypes specific to this region
Qualifications sought

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  1. For Research Associate position: B.S. in Agriculture, Biology, or a closely-related field For Postdoctoral Researcher position: Ph.D. in Weed Science
  2. Experience and accurate knowledge of agronomic practices including seedbed preparation, planting, fertilization, irrigation, pest management, harvest, and sample processing. 
  3. Capable of designing and laying out field research plots and herbicide applications using handheld and tractor-mounted sprayers. 
  4. Ability to operate farm equipment (tractor, planter, plot combines, tillage, spray equipment, etc.).
  5. Basic computer skills and ability to work with data management software for developing protocols and analyzing data

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  1. M.S. or Ph.D. in Weed Science, Agronomy, or closely-related field. 
  2. Experience in atleast one of the following:
    1. conducting field-oriented agronomic/weed science research
    2. remote sensing/precision agriculture
    3. identify the genetic basis of herbicide resistance.
  3. Academic and/or production experience with dryland and irrigated crops and related cropping systems common to the intermountain regions of the western United States. 
  4. Experience in accurate data collection and management of large-scale field research experiments. 
  5. Demonstrated ability to work under minimum supervision while making good decisions and accomplishing tasks/workload in an accurate and timely manner. 
  6. Grant writing or publication experience for postdocs. 


Contact for additional information Dr. Lovreet Shergill; lovreet.shergill@montana.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what 1) Resume, 2) Cover Letter addressing each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
Submit to Please apply for this job at https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/26720
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