Research Associate I -West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Jackson
The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Jackson (WTREC) is a 647-acre field laboratory that supports the research, teaching and outreach activities of faculty, research associates and graduate students of The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). Research efforts currently underway at WTREC: weed, insect and disease control and management; corn, cotton, soybean wheat, grain sorghum variety testing and development; hemp establishment, production and management strategies; precision agriculture work including variable rate applications of fertilizers, seed, and growth regulators; irrigation management; fertilizer management; conservation tillage, Ornamental trials, Forest management and more. Additional information about the WTREC can be found at http://west.tennessee.edu.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Research Associate will provide oversight and management of research protocols conducted by faculty. Duties include, but are not limited to, planning research, laying out trials, planting experimental trials, managing pests, harvesting crops, and collecting, compiling and assimilating data. Additional duties include maintenance of the WTREC GIS database including current maps of all fields, maintaining records of all field operations, submitting monthly chemical use reports, etc. Position works closely with faculty, research associates and graduate students in the assignment of research plot space and implementation of research projects; coordinating and assisting with planting, maintenance and harvesting of research plots; maintaining inventory of equipment and inputs; maintenance and upkeep of equipment, irrigation systems and all facilities of the unit; hosting tour groups, field days and other outreach efforts; working collaboratively and cooperatively with other UT and USDA personnel at WTREC; and performing other duties as assigned by the WTREC Director. The job requires a working knowledge of agronomic research methodology and protocols, plot layout and experimental design, an appreciation of statistics; and a working knowledge of farm equipment and machinery, modern agricultural practices, farm laboratory safety including proper application of crop protection products, and the ability to work and collaborate well with people.
Internal Number: 192309
About Institute of Agriculture
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.