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Research Associate

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Research Associate
Faculty Rank: Research Associate
Posting Number: SR0170382
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a full-time, calendar year, research associate to assist Dr. Michael Flessner’s program in Weed Management, crops and forages. The position is for one year; continuation of the position is desired, but reliant on future grants. Specifically, the incumbent will generate Extension materials including Extension publications, PowerPoint presentations, online content, YouTube type videos, and development of the Virginia Tech Weed Identification Website ( Delivery of Extension presentations may also be included. Grant writing is critical for continuation of this position long-term and will be expected. Other duties may include leveraging efforts described above into peer-reviewed research papers.
Additionally, the incumbent will work closely with VT weed science faculty and graduate research assistants as well as supervise undergraduate hourly assistants. For success, the incumbent must have excellent communication, time management, and organizational skills. Flexibility, ability to prioritize, and problem solving skills are highly desired. A strong work ethic and a positive attitude are highly regarded.

Required Qualifications:

M.S. Degree in Agronomy, Weed Science, or closely related field; Applicants with a B.S. degree and relevant experience will be considered; Operational knowledge of corn and soybean agronomic and cultural practices (additional crops preferred including pasture/forage); To be successful, the incumbent must have strong written and verbal communications skills; Demonstrated expertise in data analysis, interpretation, summarization, and presentation in both oral and written formats to various audiences (i.e. farmers, industry representatives, and academics). The incumbent must possess a valid Driver’s license and a clean driving record; Fluency in English; Category 10, Pesticide applicator’s license or ability to obtain one within 6 months of hire; Valid Driver’s license; Experience using Microsoft Office software.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with ARM software; Previous supervisory experience.

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Category 10 Pesticide applicator’s license or ability to obtain one within 6 months of hire.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of 3 professional references to Apply to posting #
SR0170382. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 1/15/19 with continuation dependent on funding
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: commensurate with qualifications and experience
Department: Plant Pathology, Phys, & Weed Sci.
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: As requested by department
Job Posting Date: 11/15/2017
Review Begin Date: 12/04/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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