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Research Professional in Soybean Breeding

Classification Title
Research Professional in Soybean Breeding
Minimum Qualifications
Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.
Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or associate degree in agriculture, crop science, horticulture, biology or related disciplines with 2 - 5 years’ experience in agricultural research or production required.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills of production agriculture systems and plant breeding; experience in field research activities; ability to learn new technology; demonstrated teamwork skills and ability to work in both field and lab environment. 
Position Summary
The individual in this position will function as an integral member of a team to conduct soybean breeding and genetics field experiments and to develop soybean varieties.
The primary responsibilities of this position are:
1) Lead in operating the GPS-equipped tractor for planting and end-trimming, and field plot Combine for harvesting, maintaining field plot equipment and keeping the inventory of equipment supplies.
2) Closely work with program research coordinator and other team members in all aspects of field research activities, including seed cleaning, treatment and packaging, planting, taking field notes, harvesting plots and plant rows, pod picking, post-harvest phenotyping, seed composition analyses.
3) Assist in setting up, laying out and managing and maintaining research field plots, manage the summer crossing block including spraying herbicides and insecticides, and participate in the team to conduct soybean pollination in both field and greenhouse.
4) Provide support to the graduate students and postdoctoral researchers’ projects, maintain integrity of seed in the storage rooms, and perform other duties as required.
5) Purchase repair parts and supplies with the State Purchasing Card (P-Card) while visiting satellite fields to ensure there is no delay in research and that equipment is fully functioning.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
  • Ability to operate farm equipment with basic understanding of equipment maintenance.
  • Ability to define work priorities and meet the timeline.
  • Demonstrated ability to pay attention to details, take initiatives, follow experimental protocols.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral and to work effectively in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of production agriculture systems and plant breeding.
  • Experience in field research activities.
  • Ability to learn new technology.
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills and ability to work in both field and lab environment.
  • Area-specific certification may be involved and training will be provided as appropriate (i.e. UGA HazMat training).
Physical Demands
  • Withstand sustained periods of physical activity such as standing, bending, reaching above shoulder level and have the ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Operate farm equipment and to work extended hours during peak periods such as planting and harvest seasons.
  • Driving as needed to perform job duties.
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Additional Schedule Information
8:00am-5:00pm Extended work hours during peak periods such as planting and harvest seasons.
Advertised Salary
$45,000-$55,000 (Commensurate with Experience)
Proposed Starting Date
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Contact information:
Dr. Zenglu Li
Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics |
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
University of Georgia
111 Riverbend Rd | Athens, GA 30602