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Research Associate I

Plant Science Department

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University Plant Science Department is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Research Associate I. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in the Soil/Precision Ag projects. This is a 12 month, full-time position. This position is supervised by Dr. David Clay, Professor, Soil Scientist.

Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


Collect, organize, and analyze GIS and project data for multidisciplinary projects related to precision agriculture. Assist in field research projects and data collection as needed. Assist with preparation of reports, extension bulletins and journal papers.


  • Master’s Degree in Plant Science or a closely related field completed before or within 6 months from start date.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences using written and oral communication.
  • A proficient understanding of statistics.
  • Ability to work as a contributing team member.
  • Experience with soil analytical equipment and practices, R, ARcMap, GPS equipment, and other computer programs.
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Previous experience with mapping software, nutrient and sample analyzers, field studies, data collection.
  • Demonstrated experience with excel, powerpoint, statistical analysis, presentations.
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices in the Northern Great Plains.
  • Experience with agricultural equipment.


SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,500 students.  (The Plant Science Department is one of the leading agricultural research departments in the United States).

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,100 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29.  The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance.  It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of close to 150,000.


Position is open until filled, with full consideration given to applications received by July 27, 2016.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact Stephanie Bruggeman at 605-688-6243 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128.

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