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Research Associate

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Research Associate
Faculty Rank: Research Associate
Posting Number: SR0180018
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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:

This position provides an opportunity for applied research on agronomy and physiology of field crops using novel remote sensing techniques. The position will be located within the Crop Physiology project at the Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research and Experiment Center in Suffolk, VA. The main responsibilities include planning, scheduling, conducting, and coordinating detailed tasks as part of the assigned projects (75%). Collection and management of big field data and image visualization and analytics constitute major assignments, along with writing peer-reviewed publications, reports, and grant proposals.
A special responsibility is data management, analysis, and preparation of the annual Peanut Variety and Quality Evaluation and Sorghum Official Variety Trials reports (25%). The position requires weekly travel to the testing sites in southeastern Virginia, constant communication with collaborators in North Carolina and South Carolina, and occasional travels to meetings in these states. The position requires a solid understanding of agronomic and plant science principles, accuracy with data collection, and work well with others in a team.

Required Qualifications:

• M.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Biosystems Engineering, Computer Science, Plant Physiology, or related disciplines.
• Agricultural research experience.
• Data analytics experience including but not limited to statistical analysis software such as SAS, JMP, or Systat.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English (in oral and writing); follow orders; good organizational skills; and maintain a valid driving license and record.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Previous project management experience.
• Experience to organize and coordinate technicians, undergraduate, and graduate students, and experience in working with field crops documented by publications.
• A Ph.D. in an agricultural discipline, with preference to crop science or related area.
• Good writing skills; particularly with respect to report writing and editing.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Interested applicants should complete an online application at, Posting #
SR0180018 and attach the following documents:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. Transcript
4. List of References

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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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 experience.
Department: Tidewater AREC
Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Tidewater AREC, Suffolk, VA
Location Zip Code: 23437
Job Posting Date: 02/09/2018
Review Begin Date: 02/23/2018
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
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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

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. List of References
  3. Transcript
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter