Bachelor's degree and 4 years of related experience; OR a Master's degree and 2 years of related experience.
Masterâs degree in Soil Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Agronomy, Crop Production or related field. Experience conducting plant-soil field experiments soil and/or plant sampling. Experience using experimental design and/or methods of data analysis/summarization. Database management experience. Experience or knowledge of farming practices and related crop production experience. Research project supervisory experience.
The candidate must have the ability to work independently as well as part of research teams. Good communication (written and oral) skills and collegiality are essential. The individual must be motivated and work well with others. The ability to collect, analyze, and maintain data is essential. The candidate also will need the ability to interact with agricultural professionals from a variety of disciplines (soil science, agronomy, crop production, and organizations involved with farming and natural resources). The candidate must be able to maintain and handle equipment related to the position.
The Agronomy department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking candidates for an Agronomy Researcher - Assistant Scientist II. This position will coordinate research including designing and managing the day-to-day operations of field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments including documenting the experiment details, coordinating soil and plant measurements, compiling and analyzing data, and preparing research reports. In addition, this position will train and supervise undergraduate students and assist in developing of grant proposals and peer-reviewed journal articles, present results at regional and national scientific meetings and seminars.
Additional responsibilities include hiring, training and supervising laboratory employees, providing analytical services and training for graduate students, faculty and other clients involving complex analytical procedures and use of sophisticated analytical equipment. This position is responsible for performing, modifying and updating a variety of methods used in research involving the chemical, physical and biological properties of soils, particularly as they affect crop production and environmental performance. The person in this position is responsible for ordering supplies, managing personnel, and establishing the cost of a variety of field and laboratory procedures.
The successful candidate will have the ability to problem-solve and contribute to research as well as be able to work independently as well as in a team environment. The candidate will be detail-oriented, possess the ability to manage multiple ongoing tasks, and have strong communication (written and oral) and time management skills. All department members are expected to interact collegially and in a professional manner and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethics.
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