Wild Rice Agronomist (Researcher 4); (Job ID: 323038)

The wild rice agronomist will be part of a wild rice research team engaged in improving cultivated wild varieties. The researcher will help PI plan and carry out field, greenhouse, and lab studies in plant breeding and genetics of wild rice (70%), and take primary responsibility for directing and conducting research on wild rice production agronomy (30%). The position is a 100%, 12-month continuous appointment, contingent on continued funding, and will be housed at the North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. 

Responsibilities:

Breeding and Genetics Research (70%)

  • Conduct experiments in research plots both onsite at the NCROC and at 2-3 on-farm sites under the direction of the project leader.
  • Collect research data through sampling and note taking, analyzing and summarizing collected data.
  • Assist in winter nursery activities in the greenhouse including but not limited to seed and plant management, crossing, harvesting, and greenhouse maintenance.

Production and Agronomy Research (30%)

  • Plan, direct, and conduct agronomic research experiments.
  • Select and review literature to inform the development and modification of research objectives and procedures; assist in writing research proposals.
  • Collect, compile, and organize data for analysis. Analyze data and write reports/publications; present results at meetings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in agronomy, plant science, or related discipline and 2 years of demonstrated experience in agricultural field research.

Contact Dr. Jennifer Kimball (jkimball@umn.edu) with any questions. Apply at https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs