Research Assistant III, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

East Lansing, MI
Mar 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number: 5065

Internal Posting Date: 03-08-2017

Internal Closing Date: 03-14-2017

External Closing Date: 03-21-2017

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Job Title: Research Assistant III

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Primary Department: 10002410 HORTICULTURE - ANR

Position Employee Group: Professionals-AP

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Employment %: 100

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Work Hours: Standard 8-5

Varied Work Hours (if applicable):

Limited Term/Flexible Appointment/Off-Date Information: This is an off-date position funded for one year from date of hire.

Faculty: Salary Range Support Staff: Pay Minimum Salary Negotiable

If flex, dates of annual flex leave:

Pay Grade Level: 13

Position Summary: This position provides technical support for the Tree Fruit Physiology Research Program in the department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. Responsibilities include assistance and oversight of field and laboratory experiments including experimental design and implementation of research trials related to horticultural management and physiological studies of tree fruit; maintenance of field research plots on commercial farms throughout tree fruit regions of MI and at MSU research centers, including irrigation, fertilization, tree training, pruning, fruit thinning, growth monitoring, and harvest; preparation of plant growth regulator solutions and application of chemical and non-chemical treatments and measurement of plant growth and development to include the analysis of pre- and postharvest fruit quality attributes; and coordination and communication with members of the research team and Farm Staff at MSU research centers; operate and maintain research instruments and collect, organize, statistically analyze and prepare data for presentations; will oversee ordering supplies; supervising temporary employees and undergraduate students, and coordinate activities to support graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, visiting scholars, and industry and faculty collaborators working within the research team. The position is physically demanding and requires the ability to work outside in inclement weather conditions for extended periods to ensure the timely completion of research objectives.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements Knowledge equivalent to that which would normally be acquired through completion of one or two years of post-bachelor degree work, such as a Master's degree in horticulture or a plant related discipline to include environmental sciences; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in field and/or laboratory research techniques and crop production practices, experimental design, statistical analysis of research data, record keeping, writing reports, and statistical software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession or attainment of a commercial pesticide applicator license will be required within six months from start date.

Typing Requirements (wpm):

Desired Qualifications: Experience in plant physiological research techniques; experience in the horticultural management of tree fruit orchards; microscopy skills (light microscopy, SEM, confocal, stereo-zoom, etc.) and fluency in image analysis software; positive attitude and ability to work both independently and within a diverse team environment; proficiency in programming and operation of data loggers; and experience with remote sensors and use of UAVs for data collection.

Summary of Health Risks and Physical Demands (if applicable): Duties associated with this position involve wearing a respirator (does not include a paper dust mask worn for comfort); spraying or mixing organophosphates or carbamate insecticides; lifting up to 40 lbs; carrying up to 50 lbs; pushing / pulling up to 50 lbs; climbing ladders; working outside in inclement weather conditions for extended periods.

Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document

Number of Reference Letters Required: See Special Instructions

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please provide contact information for three references with your cover letter.

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MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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