Research Specialist- Virginia Tech

Are you interested in the exciting world of plant pathology or the intersection of horticulture and biology? Then this opportunity is for you! Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s, yes THAT Virginia Tech, Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center is looking to hire a Research Specialist to assist with technical support in fruit pathology. The person in this position will help conduct laboratory experiments, apply experimental and maintenance treatments, collect data and summarize results. If you think this is the job for you, don’t hesitate to apply!

Job no: 520611
Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Eastern Shore AREC
Location: Painter, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The position provides technical support to the Horticulture program at the Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC), located in Painter, Virginia. This is an off-campus position. The successful candidate will help with the establishment and maintenance of field trials, data collection, organization of laboratory workflow, and supervision of part-time employees, undergraduate and graduate students.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science (Horticulture/Agronomy) or a combination of education and extensive experience in a related field; Computer proficiency (Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive etc.); Self-motivated to conduct field research including experimental layout, planting, maintenance, harvest and data collection; Ability to manage and maintain the Horticulture Research Laboratory and Greenhouse including equipment, instruments, chemicals, labware, etc.; Knowledge of production agriculture and farm practices; Ability to train and manage hourly employees and student labor. The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain and maintain a Virginia Driver’s license and a Virginia pesticide applicator license within six months of start date.

Preferred Qualifications

Utilization of tractors, harvesters, tillers, fertilizers/sprayers and other agricultural based equipment; MS degree in Plant Science (Horticulture/Agronomy).

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

06/19/2022 (open until filled)

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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Advertised: June 3, 2022
Applications close: Open until filled