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Research Associate I

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Research Associate I
Posting Number NFE00141P
Department SDSU-Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

South Dakota State University Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Research Associate I. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in investigating the impact of cover crops on soil nutrient cycling in South Dakota. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit eligible position (3 year grant funding). This position is supervised by Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist. This position will be located either at the Southeast Research Farm located near Beresford, SD or on campus in Brookings, SD, which is negotiable.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Direct, conduct, evaluate and ensure that protocols for the state-wide cover crop nutrient cycling research project are conducted at a high level of academic achievement in order to provide stakeholders with quality nutrient recommendations for crops produced in systems with cover crops. This position will be responsible to conduct a number of on-farm trials across South Dakota dealing with cover crops. Strong experience with research plot design, plot equipment calibration and operation, data management, statistical analysis skills, and agronomic plant and soil sampling skills are required.

• Master’s Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Science or a closely related field completed by first day of employment;
• Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences that include Farmer Cooperators, Extension Field Specialists, Research Farm Managers, and Graduate students involved with success achieving project objectives;
• Willingness to travel with occasional overnight stays:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
• Strong interpersonal relationship skills;
• Ability to work as a contributing team member as part of the cover crop team;
• Demonstrated use of technology in managing and statistically analyzing research plot data;
• Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire;
• Ability to obtain Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License (South Dakota).

• Previous research field plot experience (minimum of 3 years);
• Demonstrated ability to select and establish research locations within farmer cooperator fields suitable to fulfill research project objectives;
• Ability to direct, guide and assist project graduate students with project biomass (plant) and soil sample collection;
• Knowledge of proper biomass and soil sample processing that includes transportation, cataloging, drying, storage, and grinding in preparation for analysis;
• Demonstrated ability to properly use specialized fertilizer and agri-chemical application equipment to ensure proper research project treatment placement on selected sites.
• Ability to monitor research plots and communicate with farmer cooperators to determine and ensure proper timing of field activities critical to success of the research project;
• Knowledge of proper biomass and soil sample processing that includes transportation, cataloging, drying, storage, and grinding in preparation for analysis;
• Experience in publishing extension materials.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

Posting Date 03/07/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 04/04/2018
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Work Hours
Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Temporary
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Valid Drivers License, Other
If other, please indicate Commercial Pesticide Applicator Lisence
Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Students choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 35 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. Approximately 55% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 37% from other states, and 8% from other countries. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity. The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution. It competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and participates in the Summit League for most other sports.

With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings. Brookings, a community of approximately 23,000, is located in eastern South Dakota along Interstate 29, just one hour north of the state’s largest city – Sioux Falls. Brookings is a safe, family-friendly, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city but with a small-town feel. Residents enjoy the tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, a short commute time and a variety of career opportunities in a growing job market. Division I South Dakota State University creates a youthful and energetic atmosphere and provides residents with a multitude of athletic, cultural, educational and recreational activities. The top-ranked Brookings School District offers small classroom sizes and highly qualified, experienced teachers. The city boasts an abundance of attractions and activities such as the Children’s Museum of S.D., Dakota Nature Park, S.D. Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, S.D. Ag Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center of S.D., Downtown at Sundown, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live. Recent accolades include: #1 Best Place to Live in S.D., #25 Best City for Entrepreneurs, #2 Best School District in S.D., Top 10 Best Small Towns in America, Safest College Town in America, and the Top 25 Safest Cities in America. Learn more about Brookings by visiting Bring Your Dreams!

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Peter Sexton at (605) 563-2989 or

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents