Research Specialist Sr.

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Research
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Posted on July 15, 2021

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 that involve unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and robots. May carry or use a firearm as a part of daily responsibilities.

Required Qualifications

BS in weed science, a closely related field, or significant experience demonstrating proficiency in weed science research tasks, agricultural robotics, and/or UAVs. 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. Responsible for animal control; may carry and use a firearm as a part of daily responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Proficiency in ARM software for data analysis

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Review Date

August 16, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

Must have a driver's license check

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record

Heavy lifting, standing, reaching, sitting, climbing, walking, bending, pushing, pulling, and repetitive motions

Working or traversing uneven terrain

Hazardous materials

Must wear Uniform, Safety/Protective Equipment

Working in outside elements

Must be able to use respirator

Must obtain Virginia Pesticide applicator license

Must obtain UAV pilot license

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.

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