Research Assistant

Feb 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


General Description of Position:

The Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is looking for a Research Assistant to work on greenhouse and laboratory research activities related to the Kansas Soybean Commission project aimed towards increasing the quality of beans. This individual will work closely with the crop physiology team and estimate bean quality parameters including amino acids, protein, starch etc from large set of seed samples obtained from the Soybean breeding team, using the highthroughput NIRS platform, validate findings using alternative wet chemistry and collaborate with the breeding program to help add value to ongoing soybean improvement. 

Required Minimum Qualifications:

BS in Agronomy or related field. Experience with many lab equipment such as high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), spectrophotometers and can independently be able to handle them and mentor graduate students on aspects related to soil and plant chemical analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

MS or PHD in Agronomy or related field. Lab instrumentation, Knowledgable with soil/plant chemistry, ability to develop and standardize lab based protocols to estimate amino acids, sugars.

Physical Activities and Environmental Conditions :

Speaking, walking/running, sitting, standing and writing.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, applicants should upload a letter of interest, resume and the contact information of three professional references as well as a copy of their transcripts.

Screening of Applications Begin:

Immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$33,436 - $56,841 ($16.08 - $27.33)

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Follow the link to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster

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Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.  Kansas State University complies with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


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