Digital Agriculture Innovations Technical Project Specialist II in Boone, IA

Iowa State University

Position Title: Digital Agriculture Innovations Technical Project Specialist II

Job Group: Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications: Experience operating common agricultural equipment.
Experience with test stand design and construction.
Experience with sensor installation and electrical wiring on mobile vehicles. Experience executing engineering tests and collecting data in various field environments.
Experience communicating project status with internal and external stakeholders.

Job Description:
The Digital Agriculture Innovations Team at Iowa State University is accepting applications for a Technical Project Specialist II position who will be responsible for supporting agricultural machinery and technology testing and evaluation programs. The ISU Digital Agriculture Innovation Team ( ) consists of professional staff and graduate students who work closely with agricultural industry partners to develop innovative technology solutions. The team has a strong innovation record with over 30 patents and licensed technologies.

Daily responsibilities of this position may include: 1) experimental equipment and test fixture design, 2) electrical wiring and verification testing of sensors, 3) installation of basic hydraulic systems, 4) execution of prototype equipment test plans to produce high quality research data, and 5) sharing results with team partners through written and oral communication. This work will be completed in a highly collaborative team environment and will involve active machine testing both locally within Iowa and limited travel out-of-state. The successful candidate is expected to manage project scope and schedule and demonstrate strong independent leadership and time management skills. This work will be completed in a highly collaborative team environment.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently; complete projects within a specified timeline; communicate effectively and provide technical leadership; and ensure a safe working environment. The successful candidate will possess strong problem solving skills, effective time management skills; excellent communication and organizational skills; and be detail oriented. The candidate will also be a motivated self-starter and possess the ability to conduct, document, and communicate research methods and results.

Candidates that are detail oriented, organized, and value being on a strong team are encouraged to apply. All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of confidentiality, integrity, and ethics. The Digital Agriculture Innovations Team offers multiple opportunities for career growth and technical development for its employees.

The initial position is a three-year term, with expectation for renewal based on availability of funding.

Level Guidelines

Intermediate-level position with solid professional and/or technical skills working under general supervision to achieve goals

Applies broad, working knowledge of the principles of the field to moderately complex, difficult, and varied problems and issues

Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action and resolve problems

Responds to a broad range of inquiries and requests

May provide training and/or direction to lower-level staff

• May lead projects of moderate scope and complexity• Provides guidance to students

Appointment Type: Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
September 24, 2026

Number of Months Employed Per Year: 12 Month Work Period

Time Type: Full time

Pay Grade: PS810

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.
Why Choose ISU? Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as: • Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans • Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans • Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa) • Life insurance and long-term disability • Flexible Spending Accounts • Various voluntary benefits and discounts • Employee Assistance Program • Wellbeing program • This job may also be eligible for flexible work schedules and flexible workplace options that may include flexible working hours and a hybrid working environment.

Original Posting Date: August 30, 2023

Posting Close Date: September 14, 2023

Job Requisition Number: R12807

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