Iowa State University Test Engineer III Digital Agriculture Innovations Team in Boone, Iowa
Position Title:Test Engineer III Digital Agriculture Innovations Team
Job Group:Professional & Scientific
Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience
Preferred Qualifications:BS degree in Engineering, Technology, or Science discipline.
Experience with leadership, implementation, and oversight of engineering software and agronomy verification system requirements.
Experience with leading engineering test plans and demonstrated outcomes-based assessment of test results.
Experience communicating and planning with engineering teams and internal and external stakeholders to accomplish product verification goals.
The Digital Agriculture Innovations Team at Iowa State University is accepting applications for a Test Engineer III position which will be responsible for developing, implementing, and communicating outcomes of test programs focused on agricultural machinery technology. The ISU Digital Agriculture Innovation Team (www.isudigitalag.org) consists of professional staff and graduate students who work closely with agricultural industry partners to develop innovative technology solutions. The team has a strong innovation record with over 30 patents and licensed technologies.
Daily responsibilities of this position may include:
Responsible for complete input and management decision making for engineering field test land use testing that utilizes 2,000 acres annually. Responsible for defining and continuously evolving field infrastructure management to accomplish engineering test outcomes in coordination with project leaders. Ensure field testing space is highly utilized and efficiently organized. Responsible for developing long term infrastructure plans for diverse engineering field test protocols.
Responsible for the comprehensive job quality of engineering field test research to minimize bias in program results, achieve high outcome quality of field research, meet cooperator expectations, and ensure appropriate and complete documentation of all processes. Requires expert level understanding of engineering verification, agronomy, soils, and machinery systems.
Responsible for implementation of engineering field tests and agronomic field plans associated with full production system testing of software and agronomic systems. Ensure and verify timeliness and job quality of all aspects. Reduce financial risk through implementation of management plans and pre-season coordination. Responsible for validating data plans for all field-based projects to ensure appropriate test and metadata is available for each program team.
Conduct risk analysis to define safety priorities and manage outsourcing or internal development of safety curriculum. Provide direction and oversight to staff who support execution and compliance management of safety program. Responsible for defining risk criteria and developing an insurance strategy to appropriately balance risk portfolio and insurance cost.
This work will be completed in a highly collaborative team environment.
The successful candidate: Demonstrates the ability to work independently. Completes projects within a specified timeline. Communicates effectively and provides technical leadership. Ensures a safe working environment. P ossesses excellent communication and organizational skills and has a detail-oriented personality. Is a motivated self-starter. This position provides strong work diversity in a welcoming environment. Candidates that are detail oriented, organized, and value being on a strong team are encouraged to apply. All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of confidentiality, integrity, and ethics. The Digital Agriculture Innovations Team offers multiple opportunities for career growth and technical development for its employees.
This is a three-year term position, with expectation for renewal based on availability of funding. Level Guidelines• Senior-level position possessing high-level professional and/or technical skills working independently under minimal supervision to support ISU’s mission and department or work unit goals• Applies senior-level professional knowledge and expertise to work requiring greater latitude• Solves moderately complex problems and regularly exercises judgment to determine appropriate action• Regularly exercises judgment to resolve problems and determine appropriate action on a broad set of issue and problems. May provide recommendations regarding problems/issues outside the bounds of defined procedures and practices• Responds to complicated inquiries, provides training, and provides direction to lower-level staff• May provide supervision for one to two other staff (i.e., leads a small work team)• May lead projects for which well-defined practices and procedures may not exist• Provides guidance to students
Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:April 23, 2026
Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period
Time Type:Full time
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Original Posting Date: March 17, 2023
Posting Close Date:March 25, 2023
Job Requisition Number:R11358
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