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Research Professional I (Maricopa, AZ)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Maricopa, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req11752

Department: School of Plant Sciences-Res

Location: County Extensions and Farms

Address: 37860 W Smith-Enke Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85138 USA

Position Highlights

Please note: This position is expected to last for three years.

A Research Professional I - field agronomist position is available at the University of Arizona's Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) located in Maricopa, Arizona. The successful candidate will be responsible for management of crop research projects and participation in their planning and design. The focus of these projects is understanding crop genetics as related to heat and drought stress. The projects span multiple crop types as well as cropping seasons. The successful candidate will be able to work with a multitude of crops (research program has worked with over 10 including sorghum, cotton, lettuce, hemp).

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of research crop management. This will encompass the use of new and emerging technologies to measure crop performance including UAVs, handheld instruments, and helping with the world's largest plant phenotyping robot (please see story by the Wall Street Journal: Arizona provides a unique and challenging growing environment, from extreme temperatures to alkaline soils, therefore we are seeking a candidate that can apply agronomic theory in an applied setting while doing so with scientific rigor. This position will operate with very limited oversight so a candidate with self-direction will be essential. The position will require strong interpersonal and communication skills as the candidate will be working closely with a diverse group of research scientists, technicians, undergraduate/graduate students, farm managers and workers. The candidate will lead and coordinate the work of other research staff.

This position is located at the University of Arizona Maricopa Ag Center, 30 miles south of the suburbs of Phoenix.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Helpplan, design, and lead complex field trials in accordance with project goalsand outcomes to achieve the best datapossible with minimal supervision. Thiswill include but is not limited to:

  • Sample soil and plant tissue and submit for nutrient analysis as a guide for fertilizer and soil amendment application to ensure optimum crop growth. This includes planning and developing crop nutrient plans in consultation with experts and using granular as well as liquid fertilizer applications and others as needed.
  • Operation of machinery as needed to complete field tasks. Must be comfortable operating or learning to operate machinery used for agricultural field plot research in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Irrigation scheduling and application using flood, sprinkler, subsurface drip and other methods as dictated by crop type and research objectives. Irrigations will be based on measurement of soil volumetric water content using neutron probe or other instruments. Experts may be consulted for irrigation management.
  • Scout fields to identify weeds, pathogens, and insects, and in consultation with experts, develop chemical or cultural mitigation strategies to address pest problems. The chemical strategies may involve various tools such as conventional sprayers as well as UAV-based aerial applications of agrochemicals.
  • Collection of crop physiological data using a variety of instruments such as handheld chlorophyll concentration meters, chlorophyll fluorescence meters, leaf gas exchange analyzers, etc.
  • Summarizing collected field data for the preparation of reports to stakeholders as well as contributing to the preparation of peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Organizing, supervising, and training temporary employees ensuring that priorities are set, and that work is performed safely, accurately and efficiently.
  • Adapting new technology for use within plant science research as well as developing and establishing proficiency with new computer software related to the overall research efforts.
  • Integrating multiple priorities and work activities to successfully meet project and seasonal deadlines in an efficient manner.
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Physical Requirements:

  • Be able to carry out physical tasks associated with field research including working outside during summer months (temperatures >100F), ability to lift 50 pounds, and completing repetitive tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Agronomy or closely related discipline
  • Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Duke Pauli

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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