Research Associate, Seed Analyst

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
04 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research, and outreach to solve the world’s most pressing food production issues and crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food production and ecosystem function and protection.

Position Summary

This position will be a seed analyst working in the seed lab that provides service to the seed industry by testing seed. This position will report directly to the seed lab manager. This position will be required to enter seed samples accurately into the database as required. This position will ensure quality customer service and respond timely to customer issues in a professional and timely manner. This position will ensure that all seed testing is done in accordance to AOSA rules for seed testing. This position will support the seed testing efforts of the staff and the seed lab manager who is a member of AOSA and is involved in referee testing and research projects.

Required Job Qualifications

  • RA I positions are entry-level positions for individuals with less than 3 years of professional, post-baccalaureate (or equivalent) experience.
  • Candidates need to be able to effectively communicate in English (both verbal and written skills) and have an interest in seed and seed testing analysis.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • College-level coursework in a seed science or highly related discipline
  • Demonstrated computer skills such as ability to use database, reporting, and tracking software.
  • Ability to visually evaluate seed using accepted best practices.
  • Formal certifications related to Seed testing such as: Registered Seed Analyst (Society of Certified Seed Analysts) and/or CSA Certification (Associate of Seed Analysts) and/or Germination and seed purity.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Seed Testing Duty/Responsibility

Prepare samples and complete theTZ’s (Tetrazolium) tests.
Perform seed germination, purity analysis and seed identification.
Ensure that all seed testing is completed in accordance with AOSA rules for seed testing.
Help maintain a clean, safe work environment.
Have or work to acquire a recognized certification in both germination and seed purity.

Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Data & Report Managment Duty/Responsibility

Enter sample information and update data in the lab’s database for invoicing and providing seed analysis reports.

Answer customer seed testing questions when applicable.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Education/Training Duty/Responsibility

Educate and inform others interested in seed testing.
Support students and volunteers interested in the profession of becoming a seed analyst.
Share knowledge when working alongside students or volunteers.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Lab Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

Assist with the daily cleaning of the facility and maintain a clean work environment. Duties may include cleaning floor surfaces, cleaning exam tables, dusting, and removing trash.

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Sunday, February 11, 2018. Applicants should upload the following: (1) resume; and (2) contact information of three professional references, one of who is/was an immediate supervisor, who has firsthand knowledge of an applicant’s professional abilities. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Additional optional documents may include (3) a cover letter addressing your qualifications; (4) unofficial transcripts showing coursework in seed science; (5) any formal certification(s) related to seed testing.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.