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Washington State University Scientific Assistant Senior - potato group in Pullman, Washington

Scientific Assistant Senior - potato group Title: 1160-NN - Scientific Assistant Senior Business Title: Scientific Assistant Senior - potato group Location: Employee Type: Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term) Job Family: Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible Position Details: Summary of Duties: Perform both in-field and laboratory research including the design of research approaches and identifying and defining research problems in potato physiology. Collect, analyze and interpret research data for both in-field and postharvest studies. Ensure quality control, make improvement to techniques and interpretation. Assist in preparing journal publications and progress reports etc., Manage and maintain daily laboratory & field operations. Conduct general laboratory maintenance and routine care of scientific instrumentation and farm equipment; order supplies, keep inventory records and maintain a safe working environment. Supervise and train additional support staff as appropriate to achieve the research objectives and goals of the lab. Required Qualifications: • A Master's degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and four (4) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. A PhD in a scientific or engineering field may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required work experience. • The four year requirement of research must be in the potato industry. • Demonstrated knowledge of both in-field and postharvest research in potato physiology. • Demonstrated ability to lead support staff. • Demonstrated understanding of the potato industry including processes for seed, processing and marketing. • Demonstrated experience in potato variety development. • Have, or ability to obtain, a WA pesticide license within 6 months of hire. • Must have, or able to maintain, a valid driver's license by time of hire. • Ability to participate in, and lead when necessary, potato operations such as planting, data collection, harvests, grading, processing, etc. • Demonstrated ability to operate farm equipment which includes, but not limited to: tractors, trucks, forklifts, sprayers, etc. • Ability to communicate in both English and Spanish. • Ability to travel to remote worksites and meetings to work independently and on teams. • Ability to work in a variety of conditions outdoors (e.g. hot/cold, weather, etc) and indoors (e.g. laboratories, storages, shops, greenhouses, etc). Preferred Qualifications: • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills. Additional Information: Monthly Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience FTE: 100% Permanent/Temporary: Temporary Position Term in months: 12 months City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164 Department Link: https://horticulture.wsu.edu/ Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check Screening Begin Date: March 4, 2021 Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.