Summary of Duties: Assist with research in support of the Soils & Water and Soil Health programs at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Mount Vernon, including coordinating project activities and leading support staff (especially temporary hourly employees); contributing to the experimental design of research trials; setting up and maintaining research trials; conducting physical, chemical, and biological laboratory analyses; collecting and analyzing data; and maintaining good lab/equipment organization, hygiene, and safety. Due to the environment in which the person in this position will be working, the person must be willing to work outdoors under a range of weather conditions and with a diversity of crops, soils, and field conditions. The person must be willing to travel to field trial sites across WA, and occasionally in the greater Pacific Northwest (ID and OR), with potential overnight stays. The person must be willing to work in conventional and organic agricultural production systems. The person must be willing to work with, or in the vicinity of lab and agricultural chemicals, for which appropriate safety measures, equipment, and training are provided. The person must work well individually and as part of the Soils team, as well as with Soils collaborators and stakeholders.
Required Qualifications: Bachelors Degree in the applied, biological, chemical, physical OR agricultural sciences, AND one year of experience as an Agricultural Research Technologist 1; OR equivalent education/experience.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.