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Kansas State University
  • Position Number: 5050659
  • Location: Manhattan, KS
  • Position Type: Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action

Assistant Scientist

Department: 3670010040 Agronomy
Job no: 516332
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agronomy
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:
The Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is looking for an Assistant Scientist to join its soil fertility program. The Assistant Scientist will facilitate and help conduct soil fertility field research at multiple locations. Duties will include all aspects of field experiment establishment, maintenance, sample and data collection, and harvesting with corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum and other crops. Related duties will include, planting, fertilizing, spraying, operate and maintain field equipment, collect and manage data, supervise undergraduate student workers, assist graduate students to facilitate their research activities, and communicate with cooperating farmers. Create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality and ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.

Why Join Us:
Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:
Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:
This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You'll Need to Succeed:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS degree

Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.S. degree in Agronomy or related field.
  • Experience conducting agricultural research with small scale plot equipment; statistical analysis of research data; ability to obtain CDL.
  • Experience with the use of fertilizer and chemicals.
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office; ability to work with diverse groups of people and good communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work extended hours and overnight trips to off-site locations during peak periods, especially during planting and harvesting.
  • Experience operating and maintaining farm equipment.

Other Requirements:
  • Complete safety trainings offered by the university.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:
Please submit the following documents:
  1. Letter of application
  2. Detailed resume
  3. Names and contacts for three references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:
$44,000 - $60,000

Actual salary will be determined based on the candidate's experience, education, internal equity and departmental funding. Salary offers are typically made between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range. The range indicated includes both the typical hiring range and potential future progression.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Advertised: Nov 20, 2023
Application Closes: Open until filled

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