Washington State University Scientific Assistant Senior - potato group in Pullman, Washington
Scientific Assistant Senior - potato group Title: 1160-NN - Scientific Assistant Senior Business Title: Scientific Assistant Senior - potato group Location: Employee Type: Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term) Job Family: Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible Position Details: Summary of Duties: Perform both in-field and laboratory research including the design of research approaches and identifying and defining research problems in potato physiology. Collect, analyze and interpret research data for both in-field and postharvest studies. Ensure quality control, make improvement to techniques and interpretation. Assist in preparing journal publications and progress reports etc., Manage and maintain daily laboratory and field operations. Conduct general laboratory maintenance and routine care of scientific instrumentation and farm equipment; order supplies, keep inventory records and maintain a safe working environment. Supervise and train additional support staff as appropriate to achieve the research objectives and goals of the lab. Required Qualifications: • A Master's degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and four (4) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. A PhD in a scientific or engineering field may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required work experience. • The four year requirement of research must be in the potato industry. • Demonstrated knowledge of both in-field and postharvest research in potato physiology. • Demonstrated ability to lead support staff. • Demonstrated understanding of the potato industry including processes for seed, processing and marketing. • Demonstrated experience in potato variety development. • Have, or ability to obtain, a WA pesticide license within 6 months of hire. • Must have, or able to maintain, a valid driver's license by time of hire. • Ability to participate in, and lead when necessary, potato operations such as planting, data collection, harvests, grading, processing, etc. • Demonstrated ability to operate farm equipment which includes, but not limited to: tractors, trucks, forklifts, sprayers, etc. • Ability to communicate in both English and Spanish. • Ability to travel to remote worksites and meetings to work independently and on teams. • Ability to work in a variety of conditions outdoors (e.g. hot/cold, weather, etc) and indoors (e.g. laboratories, storages, shops, greenhouses, etc). Preferred Qualifications: • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills. Additional Information: Monthly Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience FTE: 100% Permanent/Temporary: Temporary Position Term in months: 12 months City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164 Department Link: https://horticulture.wsu.edu/ Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check Screening Begin Date: March 4, 2021 Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.