PG191077EPInternal Recruitment :
Research Assistant - Horticultural ScienceAnticipated Hiring Range:
Commensurate with ExperienceWork Schedule:
M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (additional evenings and weekends may be required)Job Location:
Raleigh, NCDepartment :
Horticultural ScienceAbout the Department:
Our faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research that increases the quality and variety of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants available to consumers worldwide. We are experts in the science, art, technology and business of growing plants. And the demand for our services is growing. Whether through hands-on instruction in our greenhouses, field labs or community gardens, our work ensures the economic and environmental sustainability for horticulture across the state, the nation and the world.Essential Job Duties:
The Research Assistant position is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC, near Asheville. This position will support research in the area of fruit physiology (caneberry and apple). The Incumbent in this position will oversee and conduct research projects related to: 1) caneberry (blackberry and raspberry) cultivar evaluations, 2) canopy and crop load management, and 3) practices to enhance fruit quality and storage potential. The Research Assistant will maintain orchard and research plots while carefully observing treatment responses in order to collect, analyze, and summarize the research data findings. Other Responsibilities:
Position responsibilities include: 1) accurately interpreting and efficiently carrying out research protocols in the field and laboratory, 2) making careful observations of treatment responses, and 3) accurately collecting and summarizing data in a timely fashion. This position includes outdoor activities and often involves manual labor and can be strenuous. When required, field activities will be conducted in inclement weather and extended hours may be required to complete time-sensitive tasks (planting, harvest, spraying, etc.).
Supervision of and cooperation with temporary employees and graduate students is required to complete maintenance and research-specific tasks. Additionally, the Incumbent is expected to communicate, coordinate, and cooperate with research center personnel to carry out routine orchard and small fruit management practices (pruning, canopy management, fertigation, insect, disease, and weed spraying, hand-thinning, harvest, fruit quality assessments, etc.). The position communicates and coordinates with apple and caneberry growers, extension agents, and other faculty/staff in the southeast region (NC, SC, and GA) when required. Where on-farm research tests are conducted, the incumbent keeps cooperating growers informed of needs and restrictions relative to research plots on their farms.
This position has funding for a three-year period with the possibility of renewal contingent on continued funding.
The position will also ensure equipment (vehicles, tractors, sprayers, and laboratory equipment) is regularly maintained and purchase supplies required for specific research activities. Pesticide applications (plant growth regulators) will be required. Minimum Education and Experience:
Perform other duties as assigned.
Other Required Qualifications:
- Relevant bachelor’s degree and three years of independent research experience, or a Master’s Degree in Horticulture or a related field.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to collaborate with staff, faculty, and students.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Proficiency in MS Office.
Required License(s) or Certification(s):
- Relevant research experience In applied, whole-plant physiology of fruit crops.
Valid NC Driver's License required:
- Valid NC Pesticide Applicators License or the ability to obtain one within 90 days of hire. Obtaining and maintaining an NC Pesticide Applicators license will be required.
- NC driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire. This position will be required to drive a program vehicle to and from research sites. The position will also be required to drive a tractor.
YesCommercial Driver's License required:
NoJob Open Date:
07/14/2021Anticipated Close Date:
Open until filled.Special Instructions to Applicants:
In addition to your application please submit a CV, cover letter, and the contact information for three (3) professional references. Position Number:
EHRA Non-FacultyFull Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):
12 Month RecurringMandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:
Non Mandatory - Adverse WeatherMandatory Designation - Emergency Events:
Mandatory - Medical EmergenciesIs this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:
111501 - Horticultural ScienceAA/EOE:
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