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Montana State University Research Associate - Cropping Systems Agronomy *Kalispell, MT* in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21047

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Clint Beiermann at 406-755-4303 or

Classification Title Research Professional

Working Title Research Associate - Cropping Systems Agronomy Kalispell, MT

Brief Position Overview

This Research Associate position is located at NWARC, near Kalispell, MT. The position is responsible for supporting the Agronomy Research program by conducting variety trials and lab analysis on; cereal, pulse, sugarbeet, and other crops.

Position Number 4C1425

Department AES NWARC

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This position is located at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Center, Montana State University. The Montana State University Agricultural Experiment Station’s mission as established in 1893 by the state statute is “to conduct and promote studies, scientific investigations and experiments relating to agriculture, natural resources, and rural life, and to diffuse information thereby acquired among the people of Montana.” Thus, the research centers fulfill the agricultural research component of MSU’s federal Land Grant University mission of teaching, research, and extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate under the supervision of the NWARC cropping systems agronomist. This position is expected to demonstrate initiative in carrying out the duties of this position.

Main responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Help in setting up seed packages, planting, harvesting, sample processing, and crop management for the field and greenhouse trials of cereal and forage crops.

  • Assist in upkeep of small plot research trials.

  • Manage the laboratory and maintain the lab instruments.

  • Collect, archive, and analyze data.

  • Write reports and publications.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • B.S. in Agronomy, Soil Science, Environmental Science, or closely related discipline

  • Experience in physical and chemical analysis for soil, plant seed and biomass.

  • Experience in field small plot and greenhouse experiments, which include setting up seed packages, planting, harvesting, crop management, and sample processing.

  • Experience in use of word processing, spreadsheet, and statistical software.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experienced in laboratory measurement of plant and soil samples for nutrient content.

  • Experience in chemical mixing and application for small plot research.

The Successful Candidate Will

Be an enthusiastic, motivated individual who works as a team member in support of the mission of NWARC. The individual must be able to follow instructions and be able to work cooperatively with others, as well as independently. The individual must be able to learn new skills and carry out the duties of the position in an efficient manner by being detail-oriented and will have the ability to meet deadlines. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills, and will be a critical thinker who can effectively prioritize and manager several projects at once.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Must have ability to maneuver up to 80 pounds.

  • Must have the ability to navigate uneven terrain.

  • Position will require employee to work both indoors and outdoors

  • Exposure to all types of adverse weather conditions.

  • Exposure to airborne irritants such as dust, pollen, and chemicals.

  • Must be willing to work outside of traditional business hours when research protocols dictate.

  • Occasional in-and-out-of-state travel will be required.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on 10/01/2020 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To be considered for this position, please upload your current resume or CV and a document outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .