Researcher 4 / Wild Rice Res

University of Minnesota - Job, WV4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $37,000 - $48,000 a year
Essential Qualifications: Master’s degree in plant breeding, agronomy, or related discipline and 2 years of demonstrated experience in agricultural field research.

Desired Qualifications: Preference given to those who with experience in agronomy or plant breeding applied field research. Should have proficiency in the use of computers and other electronic equipment to acquire, arrange, and analyze data. Knowledge and experience working with agricultural farm equipment is desired. Should be capable of working in flooded paddies, possess a pesticide applicator's license or be able to obtain same within one year of employment, and be able to lift 50-70 lb. occasionally.

Working Conditions: Field work is carried out in an environment that is often physically demanding, in all kinds of weather, including wind and rain. Dust and pollen are part of the normal work environment. Working on ladders may be required. Routine work in the plots requires use of hip waders or chest waders in flooded paddies. Application of pesticides may be required, with use of appropriate safety measures.

About the Job

Position and/or Unit Overview:
Researcher will be part of a wild rice research team engaged in cultivated wild rice research. Researcher will help PI plan and carry out field, greenhouse, and lab studies in plant breeding and genetics of wild rice (70%), and take primary responsibility for directing and conducting research on wild rice production agronomy (30%). Position is a 100%, 12-month continuous appointment, contingent on continued funding.
Participate in the conceptualization, design, implementation, and evaluation of research projects. Collect data and develop data collection instruments and procedures; train and supervise data collection personnel. Participate in preparation and presentation of data. Analyze data. Collaborate on proposals, reports, conference papers, and publications.

Major Areas of Accountability:
Breeding and Genetics Research (60%)
1. Conduct experiments according to protocol or supervisor’s verbal instructions. (20%)
2. Assist in winter nursery activities in the greenhouse including but not limited to seed and plant management, crossing, harvesting, and greenhouse maintenance. (15%)
3. Supervise scientific personnel, student interns, and temporary employees with authority to assign and direct the work. (5%)
4. Apply various experimental treatments to plots; use chemical, biological, and other measures to limit the influence of pests and other sources of unwanted variability. (5%)
5. Procure supplies needed to carry out research, write justifications and keep accurate records and inventories. (5%)
6. Operate and oversee maintenance of a range of program equipment including vehicles, planters, tractors, combines, and post-harvest seed equipment. (5%)
7. Other duties as assigned. (5%)

Production and Agronomy Research (40%)
1. Plan, direct, and conduct research experiments, including supervision of employees assigned to carry out research tasks. (10%)
2. Select and review literature to inform the development and modification of research objectives and procedures; assist in writing grant proposals. (10%)
3. Collect, compile, and organize data for analysis. (10%)
4. Analyze data and write reports/publications; present results at meetings. (10%)

About the Department
The position is located at the North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) in Grand Rapids, MN. NCROC is committed to conducting broad-based research and education programs relevant to the diverse cultural and environmental landscape of north central Minnesota.

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