Research Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011100 - Plant and Soil Sciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

Plant and Soil Sciences is a comprehensive department with 32 on – and 26 off-campus faculty members engaged in teaching, research, extension and/or service programs, most of whom carry joint appointments. The programs are supported by 32 support and professional staff. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in agronomy, horticulture and environmental science in agricultural systems, and has approximately 116 undergraduate students in agronomy; 36 in horticulture; and 11 in environmental science in agricultural systems. The department offers master's and doctoral programs, with 57 students currently majoring in either agronomy, horticulture, or weed science. The teaching, research, extension and service programs are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and trained personnel. The department holds two endowed chairs and faculty are nationally prominent, with 4 Fellows in national/international societies. Agronomic and horticultural industries are significant contributors to Mississippi’s agricultural economy (combined value of $8.75 billion with 13 million acres under management). The department is committed to enhancing its statewide, national and international reputation for excellence. More information about the department can be found at

Area of Specialization:

Forage Agronomy and Biomass/Bioenergy Research

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Specifically, the successful candidate will:
1. Assists faculty, staff, and/or students with research and/or projects
2. Maintains accurate and timely records related to farm and research operations.
3. Operates farm equipment.
4. Manages and provides oversight of temporary and student workers as assigned.
5. Assists with land preparation, planting, cultivating, fertilizing, applying herbicide, and harvesting of research crops.
6. Manages day to day maintenance of greenhouse facilities and the plants contained within, including insect pest identification and control.
9. Collects research samples such as forages, feeds, blood, etc., and prepare for laboratory analysis.
11. Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in an agricultural, biological sciences, or related field.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with level of qualification.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in an agricultural, biological sciences, or related field.

Additional Desirable Qualifications
1. Field and laboratory work experience beyond the minimum required.
2. Demonstrated experience managing subordinates
3. Must have a valid driver’s license.
4. Previous experience operating farm equipment.
5. Desire to seek further educational degrees closely related to the scope of work.
6. Experience using FOSS Analytical Spectrometer for conducting forage/feed analysis
7. Strong consideration will be given to well-qualified military servicemen and women, and veterans.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Working knowledge of farm equipment operation
Ability to follow research protocol specifications
Familiarity with data collection and management

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1. Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, including extreme heat, sunlight, rain, cold, and other inclement weather.
2. Must be able to conduct continuous, heavy, physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to and exceeding 50 pounds.
3. Will operate and work in close proximity with heavy farm equipment.
4. Use of herbicides and pesticides is frequent.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at
1. Resume or curriculum vitae
2. Brief cover letter (1-page) outlining your qualifications
3. College transcripts (Any social numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online)
4. Names and contact information of three professional references.

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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