University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Job Type Full Time

Required Qualifications:

MS in in Agronomy or Plant Breeding, Biochemistry, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Soil Science or Forestry and two years of related experience or a BS/BA and four years of related experience.
Two years of field and laboratory research experience with soybean

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four years of field and laboratory experience in soybean production research.
  • Two years of field experience with fertilizer and pesticide application
  • Willingness to attain and maintain a pesticide applicators license and a commercial driver’s license
  • Ability to work and supervise in a highly cross-cultural environment

About the Job

Position Description:
The Soybean Production Research Project is an applied research project based on fundamental whole plant physiology. The project is focused on technologies to produce higher quality soybeans with greater efficiency for producers in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, and beyond. The project is based within the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Most research activities occur in off-campus environments in production research fields or at University of Minnesota Research and Outreach Centers.

Conduct field and laboratory research experiments for the University of Minnesota Soybean Production Research program across the state of Minnesota. Applied research experiments are focused on soybean production and management to increase yields, decrease inputs, and increase the quality of the harvested seed.

1. Experiments will be executed independently and will involve study design, preparing plot plans, location placement, managing seed packaging, applying seed treatments, soil and foliar treatment applications, plot maintenance (including pesticide application), and soybean planting and harvesting. 20%

2. Take detailed crop measurements of field grown soybeans through the season, including emergence scores, plant vigor, seedling growth, plant phytotoxicity rating, plant and soil sampling, and plant stand evaluations. 20%

3. Hire, recruit and train agricultural students and professionals. 20%

4. Develop both remote sensing and environmental monitoring capacity for the laboratory. This will include purchasing and deploying environmental monitoring stations as well as drones and camera systems. Data acquisition and analysis of environmental monitoring and drone imagery. 10%

5. Database management. Organize, manage, and maintain incoming yield and quality data from all research projects. Develop a new research database (Microsoft Access) for the project and enter both new and historical data. 10%

6. Manage seed quality laboratory receiving more than 10,000 soybean samples annually. 10%

7. Inventory and purchase of field and lab related material equipment. 10%

Category Agronomy