Position Overview: This position is a 12-month, full-time Researcher 1 position working for the Manure and Water Quality Lab in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota. The Manure and Water Quality Lab conducts research on soil fertility and nutrient management for agricultural crop production systems. Our goal is to help farmers utilize manure efficiently to improve crop production and soil health while minimizing impacts on water quality. Our experiments are conducted in the field, lab, and/or in greenhouses. Field work is conducted under all weather conditions. The successful Researcher 1 will be dependable, self-motivated, organized, and will have good problem-solving skills.
This is a 40-hour per week position, though travel and extended days may occur during busy times of the year in the spring and fall.
35% - Applying fertility treatments and collecting plant, soil, water, gas, and manure samples in the field
35% - Sample preparation and processing - including weighing, drying, and/or grinding samples - and/or analyzing samples in the lab
5% - Organizing and tracking samples
5% - Weighing out fertility treatments and labeling sample bags and/or treatment containers for experiments
5% - Reagent preparation for lab analyses
5% - Washing labware
5% - Assist in writing reports, papers, and Standard Operating Procedures
5% - Other miscellaneous tasks assigned by supervisor
BS/BA in Soil Science, Environmental Science, Plant Science, or related field; or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years
Valid U.S. driver’s license
Experience conducting agricultural fieldwork
Experience operating agricultural equipment
Experience working in a research lab and processing research samples
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.