Research Associate (L,P,S)

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 014600 - Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Exp
Location: Pontotoc County
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Minimum Salary:

13/Minimum:  $35,500

Department Profile:

Off-campus. The individual will be a staff member of the North MS Research and Extension Center, Verona, MS and report to the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, Pontotoc, MS. This 640 acre research facility is a premier information source for the Mississippi sweetpotato industry and contributes research results throughout the world. Resources include office and staff, four greenhouses, wet and dry labs, and two major land resources that are comprised of 16 soil series. The experiment station is located near the main sweetpotato production area of the state and is in constant communication with innovative growers and other scientist across the United States.

Area of Specialization:

Plant physiology, horticulture production, sweetpotato.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Specifically the incumbent is expected to:

1. Maintain current virus-tested sweetpotato tissue culture stock and develop improved methods for explant development and tissue culture maintenance.
2. Maintain and improve foundation sweetpotato resources including, but not limited to, greenhouse structures, lab spaces, and related equipment and supplies.
3. Develop and execute a virus-indexing program and have current knowledge of relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems required to detect known, problematic sweetpotato viruses.
4. Promote good workplace safety practices.
5. Design, perform and oversee experiments and data collection, analyze data, prepare reports and manuscripts for publication, and present research results to scientific conferences and other groups.
6. Other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor(s).

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates should have a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Plant Sciences (Horticulture/Botany/Agronomy) or related field with a minimum of 3 years research experience. Must have laboratory and greenhouse experience. Also, candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills to interact effectively with faculty, extension staff, producers, and the general public. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to safely operate motor vehicles and specialized farm equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master of Science (MS) degree in horticulture, botany, agronomy, or a related science. A pesticide applicators license or the ability to obtain one.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Candidates should have:
1. The ability to work within a team environment and exhibit strong self-motivation.
2. Knowledge of the scientific method to effectively design, organize, and coordinate
research projects.
3. Basic computer skills
4. Knowledge of general greenhouse design and maintenance and general tissue culture
5. The ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

At times this position will require strenuous physical activity including lifting more than 40 lbs, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, work in hot greenhouses and fields, application of pesticides, and the ability to wear proper protective equipment under adverse conditions.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must submit an online application at and attach a current curriculum vitae (C.V.), cover letter/letter of application, and official transcripts. Please provide contact information for three professional references.

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability for 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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