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Assistant Research Scientist (Sustainability)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 14/09/2012
Company Name Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
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The Assistant Research Scientist will focus on implementing and studying the GLBRC's intensive biofuel cropping systems trial at the UW's Arlington Agricultural Research Station and at three satellite biofuel croppings systems trials located at the UW's Agricultural Research Stations in Lancaster, Hancock, and Rhinelander, WI. This research is focused on understanding the yield potential, production constraints, carbon balance, nutrient use and retention, and system specific management strategies for a range of potential cellulosic biofuel crops including annuals, perennials, herbaceous, and woody species. The Assistant Research Scientist will frequently interact with other labs across GLBRC research areas and implement experimental protocols with responsibility for quantifying, archiving, analyzing, and interpreting data and composing manuscripts and reports for publication. The Assistant Research Scientist will ensure Standard Operating Procedures and protocols are maintained and applied.

Key areas of responsibility:
- Responsible for agronomic decisions at four biofuel cropping system trials including but not limited to: planting, fertility management, plant diagnostics, and harvest. 
- Manages data collection associated with agronomic inputs, yields, cropping systems expenditures and theoretical profits, and soil biogeochemistry as it relates to crop production.
- Plans, coordinates, and conducts scientific research requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation and modification of standard scientific techniques. 
- Demonstrates and applies thorough understanding of scientific methods, research protocols, assessment instruments, and data interpretation. 
- Designs, performs, and/or oversees experiments and data collection to ensure data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance. 
- Collects, analyzes, and interprets data; prepares statistical and narrative reports and/or graphs; prepares manuscripts for publication; presents research results to scientific conferences and other groups.
- Performs most research assignments independently with instructions as to the general results expected. 
- Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes field and workplace safety. 
- Analyzes data and prepares statistical models to evaluate validity of information utilized in the assigned research project. 
- Writes reports and presents data to professional groups in formats such as abstracts, graphs, bibliographies, or maps to convey mutual understanding of the research findings and results. 
- Interviews individuals for potential field/lab employment. 
- Develops technical manuals and protocols to assist workers in proper use of agricultural equipment and the application of agronomic fieldwork.
- Manage field/lab crews of Research Interns, LTEs, and undergraduate student hourlies to ensure high quality data collection, processing, electronic entry, and archiving.
- Responsible for oversight and reconciliation of multiple project budgets.

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