Junior Scientist (Technician) in Crop Physiology

Junior Scientist Position Available



  • BA/BS degree in a related field with one (1) year of related experience


  • M.Sc degree in Plant Science, Plant Biology, Horticulture, Agronomy, Ecology or related field
  • Authored one research article in a peer-reviewed disciplinary journal (published or inpress)
  • Computational/ programming skills
  • Experience in electronics

About the Job

Work Days: Monday – Friday, with some weekends

Total Hours or % Appointment = 100% (40 hours/week)


Position is temporary for one year with the possibility of following years of employment if performance is satisfactory and funding is available. Health benefits are included.

Work schedule is expected to be 9 am – 5 pm, with one hour lunch break, unless changes are necessary due to experimental needs of the project. Thus, occasional work may be necessary during early mornings and/or late evenings.

The incumbent must have excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills and must be proficient with Microsoft Office tools. This position requires ability to work independently, multi-task, and creative problem-solving is critical. The successful candidate is a key member of the team, s/he is expected to make intellectual and technical contributions to the group. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are necessary for this position.

Responsibilities include:

  • - Manage and maintain a phenotyping system, datalogging equipment and databases
  • - Order supplies, maintain inventories and equipment, ensure compliance with safety, and regulatory reporting requirements
  • - Prepare soils and other media in large quantities; grow and maintain plants in greenhouse and growth chamber as needed
  • - Monitor and keep track of environmental conditions during growth and measurements
  • - Conduct background literature search on relevant topics, including methods, protocols and ethics
  • - Perform a variety of measurements including plant gas exchange, water use, phenology, development, sampling of tissue, microscopy, image analysis and biochemical assays
  • - Keep detailed records of all experiments in laboratory notebooks, databases, spreadsheets and web-based applications
  • - Help monitor and train undergraduate student workers and other team members if needed
  • - Anticipate workflow and communicate effectively progress and findings in a timely fashion


The incumbent will join the research group of Dr. Walid Sadok at the Department of Agronomy & Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. The position will provide key support to the group’s research in the field of Crop Physiology. Dr. Sadok’s research addresses multiple crops and multiple research areas such as crop adaptation to stresses, genetics of stress tolerance and high throughput phenotyping.



Candidates should send a Cover Letter, Resume/CV and a list of 3 References to Dr. Walid Sadok

(Phone: 612-625-8291; email: msadok@umn.edu).



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