The Weed Science program in the Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Department at Michigan State University is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a member of the weed science research program. This position will support research and extension efforts in understanding weed biology in Michigan field crop production systems and developing weed control recommendations for corn, potatoes, and forages. The individual will work as a member of a team including professors, research assistants, graduate, and undergraduate students. This is a multifaceted position that includes field, greenhouse, laboratory, and data analysis/management responsibilities. Field activities include plot layout and design, herbicide mixing and application, operation and maintenance of equipment, soil preparation, crop planting, fertilizing, and harvesting, data collection, and statistical analysis. Greenhouse and laboratory activities include research study design, crop/weed planting and maintaining, herbicide mixing and application, herbicide dose response assays, plant growth and physiology measurements, seed dormancy testing, and data collection and analysis. The individual will conduct and coordinate field, greenhouse, and laboratory research data collection, statistical analysis, and presentation of results. Additional duties include the purchasing of supplies and assisting in the procurement of research equipment.
This position is an off-dated position for 12 months from date of hire; renewable subject to performance and continuation of funding. Target start date is December 1, 2019.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which is normally acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Agronomy, Crop and Soil Sciences, or related science field; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in overseeing research projects and laboratory operations, operating and maintaining a variety of laboratory equipment, performing specialized and difficult analytical and research techniques, and designing research experiments in an area related to research being performed; may require software specific to the area of research; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The position may require special licensing or certification in the field related to the area of employment.
A Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicators License is required within one month of hire. A "F" Endorsement Commercial Driver’s License is required within six months of hiring.
Master of Science degree in Weed Science, Agronomy, or related field, or willingness to obtain once employed
Three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in weed science and/or agronomy; experience in field, greenhouse, and laboratory research techniques
Experience in growing field crops
Experience in growing weeds and crops in the greenhouse and laboratory
Experience operating and maintaining a variety of field, greenhouse, and laboratory equipment
Ability to conduct and learn statistical analysis with Agricultural Research Manager (ARM), SAS, or R software programs
Demonstrated proficiency in operating field, greenhouse, and laboratory research equipment
Effective verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
Proficient with Word, Power Point, and Excel computer programs
Required Application Materials
Cover letter; Curriculum Vitae; Names and contact information for three references
Address cover letter to Dr. Erin Burns, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, MSU.
Description of End Date
This is an off-dated position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.
Summary of Physical Demands
Lifting up to 50 lbs of fertilizer, seeds, and parts
Carrying up to 50 lbs up to 20 ft
Pushing/pulling pallets of fertilizer, seeds, and parts
Climbing ladder/stairs carrying up to 50 lbs of fertilizer, seeds, and parts
Summary of Health Risks
Drive university vehicle which may or may not require a commercial drivers license
Spray or mix organophosphate or carbamate insecticides
Bidding eligibility ends on 10/08/2019 at 11:55 PM
Internal Number: 611728
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