Research Assistant Agronomy in Frankfort, KY

Kentucky State University

Job Description

Under general supervision, manage, maintain and conduct field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments as defined by a particular project. Provide supervision and assistance to junior level technicians, graduate and undergraduate students in conducting their research.

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Under general supervision, manage, maintain and conduct field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments as defined by a particular project. Provide supervision and assistance to junior level technicians, graduate and undergraduate students in conducting their research.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Conduct laboratory, greenhouse and field research experiments.
  • Manage and maintain field research sites.
  • Collaborate with farm crew for timely planting, harvesting and other in season crop management practices in field research trial.
  • Routinely collect, store and process plant and soil samples from experimental sites.
  • Operate field and laboratory equipment.
  • Purchase and maintain seed, fertilizers and other necessary experimental supplies as needed.
  • Train and assist graduate and undergraduate students in setting up and conducting their research projects.
  • Collect, compile and analyze experimental data and assist in developing progress reports.
  • Organize and participate in training sessions and workshops.
  • Drive University/State vehicles.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in Science, Agriculture or a related field; 1-2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:

  • Ability to set up and conduct laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments.
  • Experience with planting, harvesting, crop management and related farm work.
  • Ability to operate and maintain field and laboratory equipment.
  • Knowledge of research techniques, methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of data compilation, interpretation and analysis methods and techniques.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain concise and accurate records.
  • Ability to work within the guidelines of specific projects to gather and interpret experimental data.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Physical activity related to farming: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling objects over 50 pounds.
  • Handling of farming equipment.
  • Frequent outdoor work.
  • Standing and/or walking up to several hours.
  • Working outside in adverse weather conditions such as hot and cold.
  • Involves considerable exposure to unusual elements such as dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Laboratory environment may have regular exposure to biological, radiation, chemical, and mechanical hazards, vapors, fumes, and temperature variations.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform. The College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences strives for inclusive excellence and is interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to this effort through their research, teaching, and/or Extension programs.

TITLE: Research Assistant in Agronomy

DEPARTMENT: College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences

REPORTS TO: Assistant Professor of Agronomy

EFFECTIVE DATE: Position will Remain Open until Filled

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt

Internal Candidates are Encouraged to Apply

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