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Research Specialist Sr.

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Eastern Shore AREC
Location: Other - Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

To conduct weed science research leading to efficient and effective weed control in grain, oilseed, fiber, and vegetable crops for the farmers of Virginia through a better understanding of herbicide activity. Assisting faculty, staff, and stakeholders with the SmartFarm initiative through Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech.

Required Qualifications

BS in weed science, a closely related field, or significant experience demonstrating proficiency in weed science research tasks. Knowledge of general production agriculture, and in particular, weed science; experienced in small plot design, herbicide applications, experienced to handle research and farm equipment, skills and experience in filing and organizing data, ability to interpret data, conducting field surveys for herbicide-resistance evaluations, and to meet and communicate with diverse groups; which may include those involved in agricultural production along with scientists in industry and university systems. Because of the importance of statistics, one must be knowledgeable and competent in the use of computers and computer software programs including statistical packages (i.e. ARM), data storage, and word processing.

Preferred Qualifications

Proficiency in ARM software for data analysis

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date

November 15, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Must have a driver's license check

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record

Agility/Fitness, Hearing, Moderate to Heavy lifting (25+lbs), Standing, Reaching, Sitting, Climbing, Walking, Bending, Pushing, Pulling, and Repetitive Motions

Working or Traversing Uneven Terrain

Working in outside elements (Ex: weather)

Must be able to use respirator

Hazardous Materials

Must wear Uniform, Safety/Protective Equipment

Must obtain Virginia Pesticide applicator license I 

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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