Research Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 010100 - MAFES Administration
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Under general supervision, employs a broad knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures in a particular field of specialization to plan, coordinate, and conduct research.
Research Associates in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station hold part-time, or full-time, non-tenure track positions to assist in the planning, coordination and/or conduct of research projects. The Research Associate, an externally-funded professional, reports to a project director. These positions are contingent on the availability of funding, generally for a specified period of time.

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Salary Grade:  13

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Department Profile:

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Area of Specialization:

Agricultural Sciences and related disciplines

Anticipated Appointment Date:

June 2024. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Plans, coordinates, and conducts scientific research requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation and modification of standard scientific techniques.
2. Applies an analytical approach to the solution of a wide variety of problems, or applies specialized techniques or ingenuity in selecting and evaluating approaches to unforeseen or novel problems.
3. Demonstrates and applies thorough understanding of scientific methods, research protocols, assessment instruments, and data interpretation.
4. Designs, performs, and/or oversees experiments and data collection to ensure data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance.
5. Collects, analyzes, and interprets data; prepares statistical and narrative reports and/or graphs, as appropriate to the specific position; prepares manuscripts for publication; presents research results to scientific conferences and other groups.
6. Independently performs most research assignments with instructions as to the general results expected; receives guidance on unusual or complex problems.
7. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
8. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
9. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work; may participate in the recruitment of volunteers, as appropriate to the area of operation.
10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
11. Ability to complete responsible conduct of research protocol in first 2 months of employment

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in related discipline.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with the education and/or experience of the candidate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree in a discipline related to the job/position/department.
3 years discipline related experience.
Knowledge of MSU research processes.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of scientific approach and methodologies.
2. Ability to develop and follow research methodology and protocol.
3. Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
4. Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
5. Knowledge of scientific research principles, practices, and protocols.
6. Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific research projects.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Work environment could involve some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions. Details specific to the position will be discussed during the interview process.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

To apply, complete application online, attach cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts with SSN redacted, and two letters of reference.

Screening Date:

May 29, 2024, until filled. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is 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, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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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