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Iowa State University Agricultural Specialist II - Breeding in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Agricultural Specialist II - Breeding

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Plant Sciences or related disciplines.Experience in plant breeding and genetics related research.Experience with agriculture machinery and equipment used for planting and harvesting.Supervisory experience.Pesticide applicator’s license or ability to obtain within the first six months of start date.Commercial Drivers License Class A or ability to obtain one within the first six months of start date.

Job Description:

The Department of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking candidates for the position of Agricultural Specialist II. The position will be an individual contributor in the soybean and legume breeding and genetics group to help conduct field and lab research and breeding experiments related to a cultivar and germplasm development program. This project involves an interdisciplinary team of researchers from several ISU departments, including Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Engineering, who are working together to develop field ready cultivars for farmers and are also involved in conducting field and lab-based research on soybean and legume crops.

This position will be responsible for conducting field and lab tests using established methods of research. Duties will include field level research, including working with and maintaining agriculture machinery and equipment for research scale plots for planting, crop management and harvest. The incumbent will also manage field experiments, including appropriate mechanical and chemical measures, to obtain high quality experimental data, data collection, data management and analysis using handheld devices and commercial software. Plant hybridization, seed processing (pre – and post-harvest), assist in plant selections, contribute on research protocols, and progress reports are also responsibilities of this position. The incumbent will be expected to modify procedures to meet specific research / experiment needs and train / supervise students on the use of equipment and in lab operations. Travel to off-site locations within Iowa is needed during the crop season and some overnight travel during harvest.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills to assist in report preparation and to effectively interact with and inform staff, graduate students, undergraduate student employees, and collaborators. The candidate will have a strong ability to direct and guide employees and cooperators; be detail-oriented; and possess the ability to manage multiple, ongoing tasks. The candidate will also be self-motivated and capable of working independently when required. All department members are expected to interact collegially and in a professional manner and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethics.

The Department of Agronomy, and the college are committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and this position is expected to enhance opportunities for diverse participants in all of university activities.

This is a regular Professional & Scientific position with a fixed term. The position is renewable dependent on funding and satisfactory job performance. All accrued vacation must be used during term of appointment or will be forfeited.

Example of DutiesCollects, records, and summarizes research data.Manages and coordinates a set of agricultural resources.Implements research protocols.Contributes to experimental design, management, and analysis.Consults with project leaders on experiments, protocol, and progress.Monitors and oversees machinery maintenance and repair.Assists with field operations.Observes, diagnoses, and remedies crop problems.

Handles post-harvest seed processing for data collection and generation advancement.

Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:June 30, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Rate Type:Salary

Pay Grade:PS806

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:February 18, 2021

Posting Close Date:March 7, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R4139

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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