Biological Scientist II

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Biology/Life Science
Department:60080000 - AG-AGRONOMY

Classification Title:

Biological Scientist II

Job Description:

Field, greenhouse and laboratory responsibilities: to conduct research in the area of weed management, herbicide efficacy, physiology, resistance, as well as target weed biology and desired crop safety. The incumbent must possess understanding of principals of conducting applied field and controlled environment research. Under supervision of P.I., the incumbent is responsible for weed management trials which includes but is not limited to: study design, maintenance (pesticide application, fertility, mowing, aerification, verticutting, irrigation, etc.), data collection, data analysis, reporting. These duties require knowledge and application of statistics, field plot and/or greenhouse research preparation and management, plant sampling/processing techniques, and accurate record keeping. In addition, the position requires that the individual have skills related to the proper operation, calibration, and maintenance of agricultural equipment such as pesticide applicators, spreaders, mowers, planters, etc. All field research equipment and supplies must be maintained and inventoried. Field research includes travel to various out of town research sites, as such the incumbent must possess a valid driver license and be willing to travel (including overnight travel) and operate a pick-up truck and/or large SUV to transport research equipment. Research at remote locations requires additional scheduling, thus communication with research cooperators (growers, golf course and athletic fields superintendents, research coordinators, chemical company representatives, etc.). In addition, the incumbent is responsible for the propagation and maintenance of plant material for research and/or demonstration purposes.

Computer and Writing Skills: Analysis of experimental data, preparation of summary reports and preparation of manuscripts with P.I. using statistical methods and appropriate software [e.g. R, Statistica, Statistical Analysis System (SAS)], a spreadsheet and word processing (MS Office), other analytical software (e.g., Field Analzyer, RapidTALK, etc.), communication and collaboration platforms (e.g. MS Teams, Zoom, DropBox).

Oversee and perform maintenance of laboratories, equipment, and instruments; maintain, calibrate and repair field equipment and/or analytic instruments or coordinate with appropriate service personnel. Order supplies and equipment, maintain inventories as appropriate.

Assist graduate students, other student help, and research assistants in proper research, field, greenhouse, and laboratory techniques. Includes travel to various REC’s and research sites.

Conduct literature searches and write reports and scientific publications as necessary.

Expected Salary:

$50,000

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in biology or a closely related field and three years of relevant experience; or a Master's degree in biology or a closely related field and one year of relevant experience; Doctoral degree in biology or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

The incumbent is expected to be willing to work with pesticides on a daily basis and will be required to take and pass a pesticide applicator license.

Field research includes travel to various out of town research sites, as such the incumbent must possess a valid driver license (or obtain it shortly after hire) and be willing to travel and operate a pick-up truck and/or large SUV to transport research equipment.

The ability to handle heavy equipment (aerification and verticutting equipment, tractors, etc.) and mechanical skills would be an asset.

The ability to supervise and effectively manage others would be preferred.

The ability to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) would be considered as advantage.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume. 

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This requisition has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not apply.

Health Assessment Required: Yes

 

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