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Plant Pathology Research Technician - 1 year position

North Dakota State University
Williston, ND
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An opening for a plant pathology research technician is available at the North Dakota State University Williston Research Extension Center, in the laboratory of Dr. Audrey Kalil. The primary research project will involve evaluating pea and chickpea breeding lines for disease resistance and/or associations with beneficial rhizobia bacteria. The project involves laboratory, greenhouse and small plot research. The candidate will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of field research, including the operation of small plot planters and combines. The position is grant funded for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on funds .

Description, Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Assist station scientists to design, measure and mark small plot locations for various research projects.
  • Perform seasonal tasks on small plot research trials including but not limited to planting, weeding, spraying, tilling, swathing, mowing, note taking, collecting soil samples, disease incidence determination and harvesting.
  • Collection of root and soil samples is labor intensive, must be able to meet these physical demands
  • Operate equipment as needed including tractors, small plot combines, mowers and sprayers.
  • Process harvested small plot research trials including but not limited to bagging, storing, cleaning, weighing, and sample collection for quality analysis.
  • Assist with laboratory and greenhouse research related to plant pathology and beneficial microorganisms associated with plants.
  • Drive state fleet vehicle to off station research sites.
  • Assist plant pathology team in keeping lab, state fleet, outbuildings and office area clean and organized.
  • Keep detailed and accurate lab notebook and research records.
  • Back up data to the OneDrive and keep handwritten copies in experiment binder.
  • Represent the Williston REC in a professional manner at field days and other events
  • Assist with event preparations as needed (field days, workshops etc.)

Requirements & Competencies:
  • Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelors OR Associates Degree in plant pathology, microbiology, plant science, biology, agronomy or related fields.

    Demonstrated research experience in a related laboratory environment.

    Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
    Willingness and ability to work outdoors for the maintenance of small plot experiments and data collection
    Preferred Qualifications:

    Experience operating back pack sprayer

    Experience operating tractor and other small plot equipment

    Experience with aseptic technique and handling of microorganisms

    Experience working with plants in a greenhouse/outdoor setting

Work Location:
  • Williston, ND

Hours & Schedule:
  • Mon-Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • 40 hour schedule w/ overtime available if necessary

To Apply - Applications must include the following materials:
  • Please include resume and references.

Please include within application if you are currently or have in the past 12 months been employed with NDSU, the North Dakota University System or any other North Dakota State agency. If so, include which agency/department, as well as your how many hours you work a week and in the past 12 months.

Employment Eligibility

NDSU determines employment eligibility through the E-Verify system: What is E-Verify? New employees to NDSU must present specific identification to determine their employment eligibility no later than their first day of work. To view the identification required, please see the List of Acceptable Documents . You will be required to have one item from List A OR one item from List B and List C.


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