Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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Department: 150406 - The Forest Nutrition Cooperati
Location: Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties:
The research associate will be responsible for conducting forestry research and coordinating field activities, greenhouse and laboratory work, and the management and supervision of assigned personnel to further the research and technology transfer goals of the Forest Productivity Cooperative (a partnership among NC State, Virginia Tech, the University of Concepcion, and the Federal University of Lavras). The field sites will be located throughout the southeast United States from Virginia to Florida to Texas, which will require overnight travel (20-30% of time annually will be away from the office). There is also the potential for work in Latin America.
Specific roles for the Research Associate include, but are not limited to the following (in order of importance):
Coordinating and conducting field, greenhouse, and laboratory research designed to accomplish the research and technology transfer goals of the FPC. This will often require work under adverse conditions outside in remote locations. Heavy lifting, GPSing plots, creating plot maps in GIS, and working with or around fertilizers or herbicides will be required.
Individual will report directly to the FPC Co-Director at NCSU. The person will work closely with the FPC Co-Directors at Virginia Tech, University of Concepcion, and Federal University of Lavras as needed to accomplish the goals of the FPC.
Act as Lab Manager. Responsibilities include managing lab space, ordering supplies, sample archives, inventorying, sending soils and foliage for analysis and data organization, understanding lab protocols and safety, chemical storage and use, and interacting with University Environmental Health and Safety to keep the lab in compliance and a safe workplace.
Training and supervising students and other personnel hired by the FPC to assist with field, greenhouse and laboratory research to ensure work is done safely and efficiently. Individual will have responsibilities in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students including helping with data management and organization, poster and presentation reviews, and navigating university procedures such as travel authorizations and reimbursements.
Analyzing data and authoring or co-authoring FPC technical publications and scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Individual will be responsible for compiling the FPC annual brochure and FPC reports into the annual publications. Proofreading and laying out publications will be part of the process. Individual will help prepare and present research results at FPC meetings and scientific conferences as oral and poster presentations.
Organize the FPC annual meeting and contact meetings each year.
Administrative duties will include purchasing, contracts for meeting vendors, travel authorizations and reimbursements, and basic website maintenance.
Overnight travel is periodically required approximately 20-30% of time.
Field work will require some long days and some extended overnight travel.
Other duties as assigned.
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree, or relevant Bachelor’s degree plus 3 or more years of independent research experience. May require terminal degree and licensure.
Must be self-motivated and able to work independently to accomplish work goals and meet assigned deadlines.
Must have the physical ability to work in the field at remote locations under adverse conditions.
Should have experience analyzing forestry research data using statistical software such as SAS or JMP (or similar software).
Should have strong written and oral communication skills.
Must have the ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs on frequent basis, with or without accommodations.
M.S. degree in Forestry or closely related field, preferably with experience conducting field research in plantation forests.
Strong GIS skills.
Demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed journal articles.
Demonstrated ability to give oral presentations at meetings.
Experience supervising undergraduate student workers or temporary workers.
Ability to drive 15 passenger vans and 4×4 trucks on non-paved roads.
Pesticide applicator license desirable.
Ability to acquire Pilot's license for drone flights desirable.
Ability to run field equipment such as a chainsaw or brushsaw desirable.
Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese desirable.
Required license or certification:
A valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment.
Position Number: 00104200
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