Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hiring! Organic and Alternative Crops Research Specialist in Western NC

I'm looking to add a new member to my team. This position is the lead research specialist in my program. This is a permanent position.  It is with NC State University but located near Asheville (in the mountains). I am looking for someone with strong plant pathology training. Our current projects are on breeding and variety trials with organic and conventional broccoli, hops production, Chinese medicinal herbs, heirloom tomatoes, woodland botanicals, stevia, Black Perigord truffles, Echinacea, organic post-harvest handling, organic cucurbit breeding, farmland transition, and natural products. Read through the blog and you'll get a good idea of what we do. Here are the specifics, straight from the official job announcement. You must apply online at the NCSU Jobs Site.

Title: Research Specialist (Position number 00061900)
Salary: Commensurate with experience (up to $37,620)
Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, Mills River, NC (near Asheville, NC)
Essential Job Duties: Serve as the primary support position for a research and extension program on medicinal herbs, hops, organics, vegetables, and specialty crops. This position will help develop research plans and protocols; conduct research; diagnose and develop treatment plans for disease, insect, and nutritional issues; make decisions about studies in progress; analyze and write up results; prepare and give presentations; co-author scientific publications and write grant proposals; supervise seasonal employees; and maintain inventories and budgets.
Minimum Experience and Education: Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 
Required Education and Skills:  Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant pathology, crop science, or related field OR equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience with research in organic agricultural systems and a variety of horticultural crops, both edible and ornamental. Strong plant pathology background. Basic lab skills. Experience designing and implementing field experiments. Experience writing and publishing a scientific paper in a peer reviewed journal. Experience maintaining budgets. Experience with SAS, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and Publisher. Use of pick-up trucks and cars; manual transmission.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training and Education: A Master’s degree in horticulture, crop science, or related field. Two years of post baccalaureate experience with agricultural field research preferred. Two or more years of experience in agricultural research on organics, medicinal herbs, vegetables, hops, truffles, woody ornamentals, cover crops, and propagation. Experience with greenhouse production and research laboratory experience. Experience with the National Organic Plan and the organic certification process. Experience writing grant proposals, creating enterprise budgets, preparing Powerpoint presentations, organizing events, giving presentations in front of large audiences, and supervising employees.
Applicant Required Documents: Cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references.
Job Will be Open for applications until a suitable candidate is found.
Proposed Hire Date: April 8, 2013.
AA/EOE: AA/EOE. In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date. NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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