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Research Technician

Apply now Department: 3670010110 Plant Pathology
Job no: 513862
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants, Crop Production, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 04B

About This Role:

The Kansas State University Department of Plant Pathology is seeking a motivated, independent, and organized Research Technician to support the Applied Row Crop Pathology Research and Extension Program of Dr. Rodrigo B. Onofre.

This individual will be critical for the implementation, coordination, and data collection of small plot research trials across Kansas, and laboratory and greenhouse studies that directly support Dr. Onofre’s program. The successful candidate will have experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), diesel field equipment operation and maintenance, agronomic crops and plant and soil sample collection. They will need to have the ability to travel to field-based experiment locations in Kansas as needed to survey for plant pathogens and collect research observations and will be supervising and assisting undergraduate and graduate students with their research projects.

Projects will often require independent travel to remote field sites. This candidate will show commitment to work under safe conditions and will be expected to obtain a Kansas pesticide license and a commercial driver's license within the first 6 months of employment.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

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 Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience operating large and small field equipment (specifically with tractor and combine equipment)
  • Ability to setup, calibrate, and operate precision agricultural equipment
  • Previous production and/or research experience with corn, soybean, and sorghum or other row crops
  • Experience working collaboratively in dynamic research teams
  • Basic computer skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Commercial driver's license (CDL) holder

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

1. Cover letter

2. CV

3. Contact information for 3 professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by 09/23/2022.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$18.27-$21.63 per hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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