The Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant
Science Department in the College of Agriculture Food and Environmental
Sciences at South Dakota State University is seeking a Research Associate I
(100% Research support). The Research Associate I will assist the Extension
Plant Pathology Program in planning, setting and execution of field, greenhouse, and
lab experiments aimed at developing plant disease management recommendations
for growers in South Dakota. Preferred start date is November 2018.
South Dakota State University actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, veterans, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
RESPONSIBILITIES:The incumbent will plan and
coordinate all field, greenhouse, and laboratory activities for various
experiments. These include but are not limited to experimental designs, plot
layout, inoculum preparation, inoculum application, seed treatments, foliar
treatment applications, plant stand assessments, disease assessments, operation
of the misting system, harvesting plots, sample processing, data entry and
initial data analysis. The successful candidate is expected to apply fungicides
to the experimental units and operate farm machinery. This position will supervise student helpers
and graduate students. The candidate is expected to write research reports for
the research farms and collaborators. Duties may also include, but are not
limited to, participation in extension activities and drafting manuscripts.
· M.S in Agronomy, Plant Pathology or closely related field, successfully completed by the start date, with an emphasis in crops important to South Dakota;
· At least three years of demonstrated experience in planning, designing and implementing field research, and interpreting research results using accepted, innovative and strategic scientific methodology;
· Be able to work in the field for long hours;
· Attention to detail;
· Effective written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills;
· Demonstrated ability to work both as a team leader and as a team member;
· Operate farm machinery;
· Valid driver's license or the ability to obtain within 30 days of hire;
· Must have or be able to obtain Pesticide Applicator Certificate for SD within a month of hiring.
· Plant pathology research experience
· Experience in publishing extension materials and peer reviewed journals
· Experience using statistical packages such as SAS, ARM, R
Commensurate with background and experience.
South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota's Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2018 enrollment of 12,107 students. Students choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 35 master's degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity. The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.
From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University - High Intensity institution. It competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and participates in the Summit League for most other sports.
With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings. Brookings, a community of approximately 23,000, is located in eastern South Dakota along Interstate 29, just one hour north of the state's largest city - Sioux Falls. Brookings is a safe, family-friendly, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city, but with a small-town feel. Residents enjoy the tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, a short commute time and a variety of career opportunities in a growing job market. Division I South Dakota State University creates a youthful and energetic atmosphere and provides residents with a multitude of athletic, cultural, educational and recreational activities.
The top-ranked Brookings School District offers small classroom sizes and highly qualified, experienced teachers. The city boasts an abundance of attractions and activities such as the Children's Museum of S.D., Dakota Nature Park, S.D. Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, S.D. Ag Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center of S.D., Downtown at Sundown, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live. Recent accolades include: #1 Best Place to Live in S.D., #25 Best City for Entrepreneurs, #2 Best School District in S.D., Top 10 Best Small Towns in America, Safest college Town in America, and the Top 25 Safest Cities in America. Learn more about Brookings by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8OnH5eIgQ&feature=youtu.be.
Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 26, 2018.
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position or by number NFE00384P, view the job announcement, and click on "apply for this job." The system will guide you through the electronic application . The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.
South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.
For questions on the position, contact the search chair Julie Thomas at 605-688-4544 or e-mail Julie.Thomas@sdstate.edu.
South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu . SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, or, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran's status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.