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Research Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Research Specialist
Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist II
Posting Number: SW0180163
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:

The individual in this position will primarily manage field research for the soybean breeding and genetics program, and will be responsible for completing tasks required of the field research and, is required to report to the supervisor timely. The individual will be responsible for managing the breeding database using Agrobase software, driving and maintaining farm equipment such as tractors and planter, packaging, organizing, and planting seed in the field; Labeling, maintaining, and treating the field tests with fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide; collecting observational data throughout the season; harvesting and managing large quantities of seed, and collecting data on yield and other traits throughout the winter; and completing pollinations during the field season. The individual will be responsible for shipping seed for analysis, for planting in trials run by other programs, and to those who request germplasm. The individual will oversee seasonal and student employees working in the field program in Blacksburg. The individual will be wholly responsible for the management and execution of the field program in Blacksburg, and will oversee, assist and coordinate with people at Research and Extension Centers.

Required Qualifications:

B.S. degree and/or experience in crop production and research; Ability to use computer software Agrobase; Good communication skills; Ability to operate and maintain farm equipment, such as tractors and research planters, and fix minor mechanical problems; Ability to plan, organize, and execute projects independently, and to oversee others; Ability and availability to work flexible hours in Blacksburg and at Research and Extension Centers in Eastern Virginia and Northern Piedmont during critical periods, such as planting and harvesting seasons, and to perform strenuous work under adverse environmental conditions.

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. degree and/or extensive research experience in crop production and research, use of computer programs, and public speech experience; Must have or obtain a pesticide applicator’s license and commercial driver’s license within 6 months of employment.

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

Interested applicants should complete an online application at, posting #SW0180163 and attach the following documents:
1. curriculum vita
2. letter of interest
3. other applicable document

For a full description of the position and requirements, and to apply, please go to, posting #SW0180163. Attach a resume, cover letter, and any other relevant documents. Review of applicant materials will begin March 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should notify the search chair, Dr. Bo Zhang at or Human Resources at 540/231-9331 by the review date. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: Renewed Yearly
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band: 4
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Crop & Soil Environmental Science
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8-5 M-F
Posting Date: 03/07/2018
Review Begin Date: 03/15/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

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

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  3. How did you first learn about this job opening?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - online
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - print
    • Higher Ed Jobs (
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - HERC (
    • Diverse Jobs (
    • Insight Into Diversity (
    • Indeed (
    • Roanoke Times Online (
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (
    • Virginia Tech job site (
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Job Fair (please describe below)
    • Journal (please describe below)
    • Listserv (please describe below)
    • Newspaper - print (please describe below)
    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
    • Other - Not listed (please describe below)
  4. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. Please describe your experience conducting agriculture field research with row crops (wheat, corn, soybeans)?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. Please describe your experience operating and maintaining farm equipment.

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Doc