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Job ID: 112355

Research Specialist
University of Idaho

Date Posted Sep. 14, 2018
Title Research Specialist
University University of Idaho
Application Deadline 10/11/2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Moscow, ID
    United States
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

University of Idaho

Research Specialist

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Classified

Pay Range: $15.77 per hour or higher depending on experience

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

The University of Idaho Soil and Water Systems Department seeks a Research Specialist to assist in the management of field and lab-based research in the field of watershed hydrology, water quality, and precision agriculture. This research specialist will join a large, active research team led by Dr. Erin Brooks which often includes 5-10 graduate students, 2-4 undergraduate interns and postdoctoral fellows. Research in the group generally focuses on understanding the effects of management on spatial patterns in the storage and transport of water, sediment, and nutrients in complex landscapes. Most research includes both field and lab based experimentation which feeds into the development of decision support tools and strategies to support environmentally sustainable and economically viable, integrated production systems.

Current projects include improving the site-specific management of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer in dryland cereal grain production systems, analyzing the effects of tillage management on preferential subsurface flow and transport of nutrients in agricultural systems, characterizing the distribution and transport of phosphorus in forested ecosystems, monitoring spatial and temporal patterns in soil water, subsurface flow, and surface runoff in complex landscapes, assessing the effects of conservation practices on nutrient and sediment loading from a large mixed use watershed, understanding the infiltration characteristics of post-fire riparian areas for salvage logging management, and developing process based watershed models for identify critical sources areas in agricultural and forested watersheds.

Minimum Qualifications:

- A Bachelors of Science at the time of hire in Soil Science, Crop Science, Environmental Science, Agricultural Engineering or closely related field.

- Experience with field based experimentation and aptitude to learn to use them for specific purposes of field studies

- Understanding of basic chemistry lab skills and SOP/QA/QC protocols

- Evidence of the proficient writing skills (e.g. reports or journal articles)

- Knowledge of basic data analysis (e.g. Excel) and spatial mapping (e.g. ArcMap) software

- Drivers License

- Aptitude to work in a team and an eagerness to pursue knowledge.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Knowledge of spatial mapping software (e.g. ArcGIS)

- Experience in computer programming and statistical analysis experience (e.g. R)

- Job experience working in agriculture and/or forestry

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

- Willing to work out in harsh environments for extended periods of time.

- Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move up to 50 lbs.

Posting Number: SP001937P

Posting Date: 09/11/2018

Closing Date: 10/11/2018

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions:

In addition to completing the online application, please also upload a resume, letter of qualification, and transcripts (unofficial are acceptable.)

In your letter of qualification, please describe your interest in the position and how you meet each of the minimum qualifications, and
any applicable preferred qualifications for the position.

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement

University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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