Research Assistant

Location
Raleigh
Posted
Aug 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00106493

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The National Science Foundation Center for Integrated Pest Management (NSFCIPM) was established in 1991 to serve a lead role in technology development, program implementation, training, and public awareness for IPM at the state, regional, and national level. NSFCIPM fosters the development and implementation of pest management programs. NSF CIPM is an Industry / University Cooperative Research Center, which works to support and further Integrated Pest Management through the evaluation of emerging technologies, information management and dissemination, environmental stewardship, estimation of economic consequences, resistance management tools and systems, and integration of disciplinary expertise. The Center manages grants programs for the USDA, develops regional and national priorities through workshops and stakeholder meetings, and develops and maintains large databases and database applications for USDA, EPA, and Ministries of Agriculture in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

Essential Job Duties: The individual will perform research in support of USDA/APHIS/PPQ and CIPM cooperative activities related to the collection and analysis of exotic plant pest data with application to early warning systems for plant health. This person will serve as a technical writer/editor and will focus on producing reports designed to help protect U.S. agriculture from exotic plant pests including independently analyzing report data. The successful applicant will write/edit and design/format project documents/communications; edit, fact-check, and ensure consistent style of weekly deliverable; monitor and analyze information about invasive plant pests; and enter information into the project web site. The individual will be required to work closely with others in a team environment.

Minimum Education/Experience: Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required in one or more of the following fields: Technical/Scientific or Professional Communication/Writing, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Ecology, Botany, Weed Science, Crop Science, Agriculture, Biology; for candidates with comparable combination of education and experience, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.

Department Required Skills: Position requires excellent written communication skills and a high level of scientific literacy in English.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Experience in one or more of the subject areas listed above and/or invasive species issues; data management; query-building; or web site design and usability. Scientific literacy in one or more foreign languages is desirable.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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