University of Minnesota
Twin Cities, MN, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Junior (0-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Required Qualifications:
BS/BA degree in soil science, agronomy, agricultural engineering, environmental science, or a related discipline and 2 years of related research experience or a combination of related education and relevant work experience to equal six (6) years.

Preferred qualifications:
• Understanding of scientific research principals, such as experimental design 
• Experience with collecting and analyzing samples in field and laboratory settings
• Experience with farm equipment


About the Job


About the Job
A full-time position at the Researcher 3 level is being offered at the University of Minnesota - Saint Paul, Campus.  We are seeking a self-motivated and organized individual to join our research team. This position provides scientific and technical support for manure management and water quality research. This individual will work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) of the research team and assist with the all aspects of research. Continuation is dependent upon funding and performance in the job.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Position Overview / Responsibilities:
• 40% Perform experiments in the field and in the lab, including multi-step experimental analyses on various instruments and equipment; record all experimental protocols and data; organize and interpret experimental results.
• 20% Assist in designing research projects based on knowledge of the field and literature reviews; assist in writing technical reports for publication, deliverable/summary reports, and research proposals
• 10% Test experimental techniques and modify or develop new protocols; maintain and adapt laboratory equipment as needed for research projects; oversee the use of laboratory equipment and train personnel/volunteers on Standard Operating Procedures
• 10% Investigate and evaluate vendors and products. Order and maintain laboratory supplies and equipment. Keep detailed ordering budgetary records which apply to specific grants.
• 10% Confer with other lab personnel in drafting work schedules and plans for execution of the more complex field and laboratory studies.
• 10% Perform everyday tasks such as laboratory cleanup, lab safety documentation, and remove hazardous and chemical waste.

Operational Role
Puts into effect what is required by defined job duties and clear objectives following established procedures and protocols; can alter the order in which work is performed but usually not the expected end result which can be improved, but not qualitatively changed.

Scope of Measurable Impact
Actions tend to facilitate work outcomes that meet general reporting requirements, internal checks and balances, regulatory guidelines, or similar results that promote the welfare of students, faculty and staff and safeguard the institution by providing necessary inputs to others in the form of information or finished materials.

Independence and Decision-Making
Actions tend to be guided by schedules, due dates, and clear deliverables -- supervision only generally occurs when there are repeat problems or missed deadlines.

Complexity and Problem Solving
Issues are varied; problems tend to be technical in nature and are solvable through deep technical know-how and imaginative workarounds.


About the Department


The mission of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate is to advance the understanding of Earth system processes and the interaction among land, atmosphere, and water. Through research, teaching, and extension we seek to:

  • improve and protect the quality of soil, air, and water resources in natural and managed ecosystems;
  • enhance agricultural and forest productivity and sustainability;
  • predict and mitigate impacts of environmental and climate change on ecosystems and society; and
  • provide science based knowledge for improved decision making and a better informed citizenry.


How To Apply


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