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Research Associate

Apply now Department: 3670010040 Agronomy
Job no: 508764
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants, Agronomy, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 08B

About This Role:

The Sorghum breeding program in the Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is looking for a Research Associate to work on field, greenhouse and laboratory research activities related to sorghum breeding for enhancing productivity, stress tolerance and utilization attributes. The activities may involve all routine field and laboratory activities including seed preparation and treatment, operating farm machinery (tractor, planter), planting, pollination, harvesting and maintenance of seed inventory. This individual will work closely with the program leader, graduate students, technicians and undergraduate workers in the program. He/she will be expected to maintain healthy working relationship with collaborating programs in and outside the department. In addition to participating in the planning and implementation of the entire program activities, the candidate is expected to identify specific projects with in the scope of the program and conduct independent research that contributes to the overall goal of the program.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters degree in Agronomy, Plant Breeding or related field and two years of relevant experience

Preferred Requirements:

  • Ph.D. degree in Plant Breeding/Genetics
  • Experience with field crop research activities which includes but not limited to plot layout, see preparation, planting, pollination, data collection and analysis, seed maintenance of hybrid crops, hybrid seed synthesis and evaluation is highly desirable
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge in plant breeding
  • Ability to write manuscripts

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information of three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:


Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$45,040 - $50,000 annually, salary commensurate with experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.




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