Research Associate I- East TN Research & Education Center -
Plant Sciences Unit, Knoxville, TN
The East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center - Plant Sciences Unit (ETREC - PSU) is a 212-acre field laboratory that supports the research, teaching and outreach activities of faculty, research associates, and graduate students of The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). Research efforts currently underway at the ETREC - PSU include soybean/corn genetics and variety testing; weed, insect and disease control; turfgrass science and management, including the Center for Athletic Field Safety; cover crops and conservation tillage; genetics and management of native warm-season grasses; specialty crops; ten greenhouses; field site for the UTIA Tennessee Tree Improvement Program; wildlife biology and more. Additional information about the ETREC can be found at http://east.tennessee.edu.
The Research Associate will provide oversight and management of research protocols conducted by faculty. Duties include, but are not limited to, planning research, laying out trials, planting experimental trials, managing pests, harvesting crops, and collecting, compiling and assimilating data. Additional duties include working with the Farm Manager to maintain the ETREC database of current field maps/records and other research-related information, etc. Position works closely with faculty, research associates, and graduate students in the assignment of research plot space and implementation of research projects; coordinating and assisting with planting, maintenance and harvesting of research plots; maintaining inventory of equipment and inputs; maintenance and upkeep of equipment, irrigation systems and all facilities of the unit; hosting tour groups, field days, special events, and other outreach efforts; working collaboratively and cooperatively with colleagues in UT Extension and the Herbert College of Agriculture; and performing other duties as assigned by the ETREC Director and/or Farm Manager. The job requires a working knowledge of agronomic research methodology and protocols, plot layout and experimental design, an appreciation of statistics; and a working knowledge of farm equipment and machinery, modern agricultural practices, farm laboratory safety including proper application of crop protection products, and the ability to work, communicate, and collaborate well with people.
Internal Number: 201986
About Institute of Agriculture
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.