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Research Specialist II, Specialty Crop Team

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Research Specialist II, Specialty Crop Team


The Specialty Crop Team at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is seeking qualified applicants for a temporary Research Specialist position to work on applied research geared towards improving production practices and disease management in specialty crops relevant to Tennessee. This position will be considered temporary for one year and is contingent upon funding and performance.


Duties of the selected candidate may include:

  • Establish, coordinate, and maintain applied research plots and activities for specialty crops in greenhouse, field, disease/breeding nurseries, and in laboratory settings.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of field trial protocols to achieve research goals.
  • Perform various activities including seeding, transplanting, harvest, grading, etc. for all specialty crop applied research.
  • Independently collect, organize, and enter data from applied research trials in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Application of treatments accurately using standard plot research procedures. 
  • Purchasing of supplies associated with research and extension programs.


Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences, Plant Pathology or related field and two years of experience in plant pathology and agronomy is preferred.


Experience with basic microbiology and molecular techniques (e.g. microbial culturing and PCR), understanding of agricultural research management software (ARM), and knowledge of statistical procedures are highly desired.


The candidate must possess excellent written and oral English skills, be self-motivated, highly organized, and willing to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students to conduct greenhouse, field, and laboratory research.


Interested applicants should attach the following:


  1. Cover letter - include research experience, interests, and possible start date
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Three professional references - include names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Contact: For additional information, please contact Dr. Mitchell Richmond ([email protected]) or Dr. Zach Hansen ([email protected]).

Job: Research Technical
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Plant Science - Res
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 22, 2021, 10:20:05 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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