Researcher - Sustainable & Organic Horticulture

University of Minnesota 1,104 reviews -

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Job Type Full Time


• B.S. in horticulture, biology, ecology, or closely related discipline, plus two year of relevant work experience; or a combination of related education and experience to total 6 years.
• Demonstrated experience working with horticultural crops, laboratory research, and quantitative data analysis.

• Experience managing community-engaged and/or participatory research
• Supervision and mentorship experience
• Demonstrated organizational skills and oral/written communication skills

Special requirements: This position may require vehicle travel to off-site research locations throughout Minnesota, including occasional overnight travel. This position is required to work in field and laboratory environments in varying climatic conditions. Lifting over 40 pounds may occasionally be required.

Position description
A full-time research support position is available in the Rogers lab in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. The research involves applied grower-engaged projects including management of spotted wing drosophila in organic blueberry and raspberry cropping systems and hydroponic production of organic vegetables in controlled environments. This position is a two-year temporary research position but may be extended depending on availability of funding and continued need for the position.

Primary responsibilities include:

Research management (50%)

• Acquire supplies & materials for research projects
• Travel to research sites to setup and maintain research experiments
• Establish and manage controlled environment experiments
• Maintain and troubleshoot microclimate data sensors
• Coordinate on-farm research trials, including managing communication with project partners
• Assist with arrangement and facilitation of research meetings and conference calls
• Develop and adhere to research protocols

Data collection, analysis, and scientific communication (30%)
• Collect and manage field and greenhouse data, with emphasis on organization and accessibility
• Process plant, insect, and substrate samples for analyses
• Analyze and interpret quantitative data with sound statistics
• Contribute to analysis and writing for research reports and academic publications,

Outreach (10%)
• Build and establish relationships with farmer partners, project collaborators, industry stakeholders, and public
• Sustain open lines of communication with farmer partners and stakeholders
• Encourage suggestions that will drive research efforts forward
• Present research findings to farmers, stakeholders, and interested public at conferences and workshops
• Contribute to online Extension and outreach publications

Supervise undergraduate workers (10%)
• Help train and mentor support staff
• Schedule and coordinate research activities for support staff