Research Assistant

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS, US

General Description of Position:

The Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is looking for a Research Assistant to work on field and laboratory research activities related to the Kansas Agricultural Watershed field laboratory ( This individual will work closely with faculty, graduate students, and producer cooperators to investigate cover crop and fertilizer management impacts on water quality, nutrient loss, and soil health. 

Required Minimum Qualifications:

B.S. Degree in Agronomy or related field. Experience in field and laboratory research related to soil, water and plant sciences. Effective oral and written communication skills in English, good organizational skills, ability to work effectively with a diverse team.

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, or related field; Experience in supervising employees; experience with operation of farm equipment, experience in collection and analysis of water samples, experience with crop production, experience with operation of automated environmental data collection systems.

Physical Activities and Environmental Conditions :

Crouching/stooping, pulling/pushing, speaking, walking/running, keyboarding, sitting, repetitive movement, standing, carrying, driving, reaching, squatting, moderate lifting (up to 50lbs), normal office environment, mechanical hazards, traffic, dust/fumes, moving machinery/heavy equipment, and chemicals.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should upload a letter of interest, resume, transcript copies and the contact information of three professional references. For information on the Agronomy Department at Kansas State University, please visit:

Screening of Applications Begin:

The screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate has been found.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

A competitive salary is available based on qualifications and experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Follow the link to find out more. “EEO is the Law” Poster

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Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.  Kansas State University complies with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.