Research Associate I or II -Wheat Entomology

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Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 17 Jun 2022

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Working Title Research Associate I or II -Wheat Entomology
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202200731AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week
Proposed Annual Salary Range $40,000 to $45,000 plus applicable benefits. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date 07/15/2022
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 06/17/2022
Description of Work Unit
The Department of Agricultural Biology is committed to excellence in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about insects, plant pathogens, and weeds in agricultural, natural, and urban ecosystems. Our mission is to enhance human well-being by improving ecosystem sustainability. In addition to generating new knowledge, we apply knowledge in entomology, plant pathology, and plant sciences to solving practical problems related to biotic and abiotic plant stress, integrated pest management, and ecosystem health. People in Agricultural Biology participate in and value cooperative and collaborative efforts with other units within the University, as well as with individual stakeholders and other organizations in Colorado and beyond. We hold ourselves to a standard of excellence in teaching, research, extension, and service and act according to the Principles of Community
Position Summary
The incumbent will contribute significantly, and in an effective and positive manner, to the Field Crop Entomology program. The individual will have a broad range of responsibilities which may include but are not limited to:
  • General lab organization and ordering of supplies.
  • Perform greenhouse and field experiments.
  • Data collection, data entry and management of electronic data records.
  • Training other personnel in performing experiments, data collection and analysis.
  • Supervision of the activities of undergraduate and graduate student research assistants.
  • They will communicate with researchers, extension personnel and the public, as appropriate.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities as appropriate.
  • Participate in manuscript and grant writing.
  • Required Job Qualifications
    Research Associate I level: BS in Entomology, Biology, Agriculture or related field 
    Research Associate II level: RAI + 3 years relevant professional experience or Master’s degree.
    • Knowledge of or experience in field crop entomology
    • Ability to work independently
    • Proficient use of MS Word and Excel, and SAS or R
    • Proficient in technical writing
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to rapidly changing conditions
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Must be legally authorized to start work in the U.S. no later than July 15, 2022. Department will not sponsor a visa for this position.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
    Preferred Job Qualifications
    • Experience in grant writing and leading manuscripts
    • Experience with laboratory and greenhouse insect bioassays, and field experiments 
    • Experience presenting research for extension
    • Experience with pesticide trials 
    • Be willing to obtain or have a Colorado Department of Agriculture Qualified Supervisor certification
    • Experience supervising/training others 

    Diversity Statement
    Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

    Essential Duties


    Job Duty Category Research
    Duty/Responsibility
    The individual will plan and develop experimental techniques and protocols. They will design and construct required experimental equipment when necessary. The individual will plant, maintain, sample and harvest greenhouse and field experiments, collect, record, summarize experimental data, and analyze experimental data, when appropriate.
    Percentage Of Time 60
    Job Duty Category Supervision
    Duty/Responsibility
    Identify labor needs, advertise for and hire undergraduate students, determine daily tasks, and evaluate performance. The individual will be expected to train and mentor graduate and undergraduate students who will assist on projects. They will do this through active mentor-ship and demonstration of greenhouse and field experiments. 
    Percentage Of Time 20
    Job Duty Category Extension
    Duty/Responsibility
    The selected candidate will conduct extension activities by presenting research, writing extension factsheets for stakeholders.  
    Percentage Of Time 20

    Application Details


    Special Instructions to Applicants
    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by June 17, 2022. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) CV; and (3) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of an applicant’s professional abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair punya.nachappa@colostate.edu . For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at www.colostate.edu .
    Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
    Search Contact Punya Nachappa
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