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Michigan Ag Research - Plant Patholology Field Biologist

Employer
Ag Metrics Group
Location
Albion, Michigan, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Oct 25, 2021

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Job Description:

Michigan Ag Research, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ag Metrics Group, is seeking an enthusiastic team member as a Field Biologist to work with Midwestern crops out of the Albion, Michigan facility.

A successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary program focused on scientific investigations in crop protection, sustainable farming methods, and the development of new agricultural products for a diverse clientele. The position is an agricultural field biologist position, not a lab position. Candidates with field research experience will be given preference.

Responsibilities:

Conduct field/greenhouse trials as well as laboratory assays to characterize crop protection products for the control of crop pests, focusing especially foliar, soil, and seed-applied treatments. Crops to include field, fruit, greenhouse, and vegetable crops of the Mid-Western United States and Southeast Canada.

  • Assist in applying experimental and commercial compounds to target crops.
  • Isolate and develop an inventory of common plant pathogens.
  • Characterize efficacy, product characteristics, and crop safety of test materials following treatment.
  • Lead data collection, review of trial research, and interpretation of results in technical reports.
  • Manage scheduling and conduct of daily trial assessments working in coordination with other staff biologists.
  • Timely and organized data management from collection through reporting. Maintenance of site records for trial conditions.
  • Manage local field and equipment records as needed for any regulated research (with appropriate training provided).
  • Attend continuing education training for professional development and licensing requirements.


QUALIFICATIONS

Required:
  • Degree in the field of horticulture, plant pathology, crop protection, agriculture, or related disciplinary sciences.
  • Basic working knowledge of experiment design and field trial management.
  • Willing to routinely handle and apply chemicals and other crop protectants safely and in complete accordance with regulatory guidelines.
  • Ability to work independently as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary research team.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work in field, greenhouse, and lab environments.
  • Able to do physical work common to the establishment, harvest of plots that includes lifting, open fieldwork under warm daytime temperatures, and expect overtime schedules during peak season.


Equipment skills:
  • Scales, boom sprayers, tillage, common hand tools, microscope, pipettes.
  • Computer skills: MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Valid driver's license and MI Pesticide Applicators License (within 6 months of hire).


Desired:
  • MS with at least 1-year relevant experience.
  • Experience in fungal and bacterial isolation and storage.
  • Educational focus on field pest management, research management tools, course work in entomology, IPM, plant pathology, nematology, crop production, and statistics, experimental design, and analysis of results.
  • Previous experience in crop pest management and chemical pesticide efficacy research in the field, greenhouse, and lab; and preparation of formal written research reports/presentations.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in soil pest biology and research.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in vegetable and/or fruit diseases.


Compensation:
  • Company offers Medical and Dental Insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, 401K and Profit-Sharing, paid travel for professional training and meetings, and other benefits.
  • Pay commensurate with experience and skills.


In addition to a resume, please provide a cover letter that explains why you are uniquely qualified and are the best candidate to be considered for this Michigan position to Brian Cortright, Midwest Area Manager.

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:
  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


Schedule:
  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


COVID-19 considerations:
All customers and employees must wear mask indoors. Common surfaces are sanitized regularly.

Experience:
  • Farming: 1 year (Preferred)


Work Location: One location
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