*NEW*  Ph.D. Graduate Student Research Assistant 

A Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant is available starting Spring or Summer of 2024 to work under the Field Crop Physiology research program at the Montana State University – Northwestern Ag Research Center in Kalispell, MT. The student will join a team focused on understanding crops or specific genetics performance and resiliency to abiotic stresses with the goal of increasing productivity, sustainability, and profitability for farmers in Montana.

The USDA-NIFA grant-funded research project focuses on developing tools for the precision management of alfalfa yield and quality improvement. The student will conduct field research on multiple alfalfa genetics from dormant to semi-dormant alfalfa with paired low lignin vs. non-low lignin types in multiple environments and cutting management. The student will develop skills in managing irrigation, field plot techniques, database management, crop simulation, outreach, grant development, and management. This position will also have opportunities to work/learn with project collaborators from three other states.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong interest in field plot research and enthusiasm for collaboration. Ideally, an applicant possesses an MS degree in agronomy, crop science, animal/range sciences, or a related discipline with demonstrated field research experience or a BS degree with strong related job experience. Excellent written and oral communication, time management, and the ability to work independently.

The final candidate will be required to formally apply to and be accepted by the Montana State University Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department https://plantsciences.montana.edu/studentinfo/grad/index.html. The student will attend classes at the MSU Bozeman campus and spend the remaining time at the research center in Kalispell, MT. The salary is 30k/year, health insurance, and tuition support. To be considered for the position, please send a current CV, including references, transcripts, and a brief description of research goals and interests, to Jessica A. Torrion (jessica.torrion@montana.edu)

Summer or Part-time Employment Opportunities

Start date: Immediate openings

Job description and responsibilities:

  •  Assist with farm operations including: general crop production, research trial establishment, and general grounds keeping
  • Assist in data collection in agronomic studies
  • Willingness to work outdoors in a field setting
  • Ability to work with others in a team atmosphere
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to follow detailed instructions

To apply, please fill out the NWARC part-time employment application, and email the application to  charlene.kazmier@montana.edu or drop-off at the research center. We also recommend contacting the research center before applying.

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