Field Biologist with emphasis on Entomology Research
Please read entirely before applying. Michigan Ag Research, a contract research station part of Pacific Ag Group, is seeking a Field Biologist to work out of the Michigan facility located 40 minutes southwest of Lansing, near the town of Albion, MI. A successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary program focused on the biological characterization of crop protection, biological control agents, and other new agricultural products.Specifically, the incumbent will be assigned to:Conduct and assist with assays in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field to characterize experimental crop protection products for their potential to control crop pests. Crops to include field, fruit, greenhouse, and vegetable crops.Weigh, formulate, and apply experimental and commercial compounds to target crops.Characterize efficacy and crop safety of materials following treatment.Assist with data collection and review of trial research and interpretation of results.Manage scheduling and conduct of daily study assessments working in coordination with other lead biologists. Timely, organized submission of trial data to company’s reporting team, and maintenance of site record keeping.Manage local field and equipment record keeping as needed for any regulated research (with appropriate training provided by company).Attend continuing education training for professional development to improve expertise in pesticide handling, pest management, and test system refinement.Work directly with customers for feedback on trial work and guidance on trial establishment as appropriate to meet customer protocol objectives. Collaborate with other biologists and our customers to ensure success.Laboratory, greenhouse and field work will involve the safe handling of chemicals. Qualifications Required:BS or MS degree in the field of entomology, crop science, horticulture, plant pathology, crop protection,agriculture, biology or related disciplinary sciences.Must have basic knowledge of experiment design and trial management.Position is an agricultural related Field Biologist position, not a lab position, and those with field research experience will be given preference.Must be able to safely handle and apply chemicals and other crop protectants.Must have the ability and desire to work effectively as both an independent researcher and as a member of a multidisciplinary research team.Must have solid verbal and written communication skills.Must be able to work in lab, greenhouse and agricultural field environments.Physical work common to establishment and harvest of plots that requires ability to lift 50 lbs.Equipment skills: microscope, pipettes, scales, common hand tools, various plot tools.Computer skills: MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint.Have good observational skills in experiments with attention to detail.Valid vehicle operator’s license.This position will also require a Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License within 60 days of hire if not certified now. Desired:BS or MS with at least 2 years relevant field experience.Candidate should be 21 years of age at date of hire for use of company vehicles.Degree focus on pest management and research of management tools, course work in entomology, pest management, plant pathology, crop production, and statistics including experimental design and analysis.Previous experience in crop pest management and chemical pesticide efficacy research in the lab,greenhouse and field; and preparation of formal written research reports / presentations.Knowledge of or experience in pest biology and research.Knowledge of or experience in vegetable and/or small fruit diseases.Ability to perform mathematic calculations and conversions Compensation:Company offers Medical and Dental Insurance, other types of insurance, 401K and Profit Sharing when qualified, in addition to paid travel for professional training and meetings, and other benefits.Pay commensurate with experience and skills. Contacts regarding position:In addition to a resume, please provide a cover letter by clicking APPLY TO THIS POSITION.Apply for this job.