Utah State University

Researcher II

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/27/2022 2:05 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Plants Soils & Climate
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Conduct breeding and research field trials to support the Utah State University small grains breeder. Establish and carry out agronomic management of field research trials.


Process and People Management:

  • Manage, document, and optimize technical processes used to carry out small grains breeding and research.
  • Accurately forecast labor needs required to support breeding activities and applied research projects and hire hourly employees as appropriate.
  • Train and manage a team of hourly employees.
  • Coordinate with graduate students, faculty, farm managers, and cooperators as needed to carry out breeding trials and multiple ongoing research projects.
  • Act as a liaison between external collaborators, stakeholders, and service providers.
  • Provide technical advice to students and staff engaged in applied small grains research.

General Field Operations:

  • Carry out all aspects of field research trial management including fertilization, pest management, and irrigation.
  • Load/unload, tie-down, and haul equipment to off-site trial locations in order to plant, manage, and harvest trials at multiple locations across the state of Utah.
  • Assist in making decisions about the application of agricultural inputs including fertilizer and pesticides as appropriate to achieve project objectives.

Field Experiment Management:

  • Conduct wheat and barley breeding and research experiments across multiple field sites, ensuring appropriate agronomic management and experimental error control.
  • Manage and oversee preparations for planting, including readying fields and packaging seed.
  • Organize and carry out planting and harvest of breeding and research trials and seed increases.
  • Process grain and manage seed, including seed analysis, inventory, storage and disposal.
  • Coordinate and manage disease resistance evaluation nurseries including the collection and maintenance of disease inoculum.
  • Oversee and maintain inventory of field research materials and supplies.

Research Equipment Optimization:

  • Calibrate and operate specialized research equipment including tractors, planters, sprayers, combines, and threshers.
  • Manage and organize large amounts of research data and trial information electronically using Excel and breeding data management software.
  • Implement barcode data management systems to electronically track grain samples and seed inventory.

Breeding Population Development:

  • Conduct controlled pollinations between breeding materials to initiate new breeding populations.
  • Contribute to breeding line development through generation advancement in the field, greenhouse, and/or growth chamber.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Required: B.S. in agronomy, crop science, biology, or a related field.
  • At least 2 years of experience working in an agricultural research program. Prior experience operating and maintaining field research equipment including planters, combines, sprayers and tractors. Experience hauling equipment.
  • Valid driver's license to perform essential job functions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in plant breeding, agronomy, crop science, or a related field.
  • Possession of, or an ability to obtain, a Utah pesticide applicator’s license within three months of starting this position. Possession of, or an ability to obtain, an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate within one year of starting this position.
  • Ability to contribute to research data analysis, interpretation of results, and preparation of written manuscripts for publication.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of agronomic management of small grains and/or other cereals.
  • Knowledge of vehicles, machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of common field research trial layouts.
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn how to use specialized research farm equipment and new technologies/software.
  • Ability to anticipate and troubleshoot problems and improve processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of safety policies and ability to maintain a safe work environment.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with others.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*Updated 08/2022


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