The primary responsibility of this position is to develop an approach to improve in-season phenotyping that best predicts crop yield and quality traits. Also as a team member in establishing, managing, processing, and analyzing small grains and forage research. Research emphasis includes the use of available tools such as traditional direct field observations, remote sensing, statistics, simulations, application of crop models to improve knowledge of crop resilience to varying levels of resources and growing conditions. Expectations for scholarship include yearly publications in refereed journals of current data but not limited to the use of historical research datasets, presentation at scientific and producer meetings, and development of extension-related materials.
The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, motivated individual who works as a team member in support of the mission of NWARC. The individual must be able to work cooperatively with others as well as independently. The individual must be able to carry out the duties of the position in an efficient manner, will have excellent organizational skills, and will be a critical thinker who can effectively prioritize and manage several projects at once. This person will communicate effectively with others, and will successfully lead, motivate, and supervise staff.
PhD degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Range Science, Agroecology, or related fields.
Demonstrated field agronomic research experience.
Strong statistical background.
Experience in establishing, managing, harvesting, and processing of agronomic field crops research.
Experience using unmanned aerial vehicles and crop simulation modelling tools.
Demonstrated ability to write and secure grants.
Record of publishing in scientific journals commensurate with experience.
Familiarity with research and farm-scale equipment.
Internal Number: STAFF - VA - 20122
About Montana State University
The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at Montana State University-Bozeman has three missions: (i) science-based undergraduate, graduate, and Extension education, (ii) research/creative activity, and (iii) outreach/service. Departmental programs develop and promote an understanding of the biology of plants and associated microbes from the molecular to the population level, and of the processes and interactions involved in plant-based biological systems. These programs include the investigation of plant and fungal structure, function, genetics and adaptation; the development and dissemination of management principles relating to the control of plant diseases; the production of food, fiber and ornamental plants; and the efficacious and aesthetic use of plants in the environment. Primary emphasis is placed upon the study of crop and ornamental plants and plant pathogenic and other associated microbes of importance to the state, nation and world.