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Position Description:

The research specialist works with the pulse crop breeding program to provide organization, support, and assistance needed to develop new pulse crop (dry pea, lentil, and chickpea) varieties and improved production practices for North Dakota and surrounding areas. The North Central Research Extension Center Director will provide supervision for this position.

This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

• Assist in planning and executing field and greenhouse experiments to achieve the research goals of the overall pulse improvement program

• Make hybridizations under the direction of the project leader

• Prepare field books and collect data on agronomic trials

• Plant and maintain research plots

• Harvest, analyze, and generate reports

The research specialist must be able to carry out these and other duties as assigned with general and minimal guidance from the pulse crop breeder and the NCREC Director. Also, it is expected that the research specialist develops close collaborations with faculty and staff in the NDSU Departments of Plant Sciences, Plant Pathology, and Entomology, and other North Central Research Extension Center personnel.

The North Central Research Extension Center is one of seven out-state NDSU research extension centers. The center is located one mile south of Minot, a city of 45,000 in north central North Dakota. Minot is an All-American City with excellent health, educational, recreational, and community facilities and a modern international airport. The area is noted for small grain, oilseed, pulse crop, livestock, and energy production. More information about the area is available at

Minimum Qualifications:

• B.S. in agronomy or closely related discipline or equivalent experience

• Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with clientele groups, colleagues, and scientists

• Experience in a field crop production

• Experience with small plot equipment operation and maintenance

• Effective English-oral and written communication skills are required

• Ability to conduct applied and basic research in the field, laboratory, and greenhouse

• Computer skills (data analysis, word processing, data presentation)

• Ability to work in a team oriented environment

Preferred Qualifications:

• M.S. in plant breeding or related discipline with demonstrated expertise in plant breeding, genetics, and germplasm enhancement

• Academic or research experience in field plot design and/or related disciplines

• Experience in grant writing

• Ability to operate field, laboratory, and greenhouse equipment

• Experience with Agrobase Gen II software

Physical Demands:

Screening Date:


Open Until Filled:


Search Type:

Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Funding for this position is available for 12 months. Extension is possible with additional funds.

Special Conditions:

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Veteran’s Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Location (City, State):

Minot, ND

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