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Pest Management Associate - Research Corporation

Employer
West Virginia University Research Corporation
Location
Morgantown, WV
Closing date
Jan 26, 2023

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Sector
Other
Organization Type
Corporate
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Description
The West Virginia University Research Corporation is seeking applicants for a Pest Management Assoiate.

About the Opportunity

This position is responsible for assisting the Plant Pathologist, Entomologist, and Weed Scientist with various service and applied research activities. Significant statewide travel and/or overnight stays will be expected during the growing season (April-August) to perform important pest scouting duties.

At WVU Research Corporation, we strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU Research Corporation offers a comprehensive benefits package with a variety of options to suit your needs.:

13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
PTO
403(b) retirement savings with a fully vested 3% employee contribution match, (Employees have the option of contributing an additional 1-3% of their earnings to the plan, which is also matched by the WVURC)
A range of health insurance and other benefits
Dependent Education Scholarship
WVU Perks
And More!!

What you'll do

Assist the Extension Plant Pathologist, Entomologist, and Weed Scientist with various service and applied research activities
Routine laboratory and maintenance procedures related to plant and pest diagnostics
Monitoring specialty crops for insects, diseases, and weeds
Assisting with field and greenhouse experimentation and demonstrations
Assist with grower training and development of training materials
Maintain an inventory of MSDS of pesticides
Assist with data collection from field experiments and repair materials for reports
The Associate will report to the director of diagnostic clinic (Plant Pathologist) but will also work closely with the Extension Entomologist and Weed Scientist (IPM Coordinator) based on a predetermined monthly schedule.
Maintain records of pest and disease specimens, weed herbaria, live weed specimens
Maintain a database and enter data into the national 'Plant Diagnostic Information System;
Gathering supplementary information on specific host-pest combination
Traveling to various sites within the state to collect pest specimens and routine maintenance of isolate collections at the plant diagnostic clinic
Attend training meetings and assist with outreach programmatic activities
Significant statewide travel and/or overnight stays will be expected during the growing season (April-August) to perform important pest scouting duties.

Qualifications
Candidate should have a B.S. in Plant Science with supporting course work preferably in horticulture, agronomy, soil science, entomology, plant pathology, and weed science.
2 years experience in closely related laboratory/greenhouse and field research.
1 year of experience to provide support to the state-wide Extension IPM program

Requirements
Pesticide Applicator License (Category 11)
Valid WV Driver's License
The incumbent should be capable of working independently in an environment with low level supervision after appropriate training is provided.
Have the ability to Lift 50 lbs
About Research Corporation
The WVURC was created as a not-for-profit corporation in 1985 to support research (R1) at West Virginia University. We provide evaluation, development, patenting, management, and marketing services for inventions of the faculty, staff and students of the University.

The WVURC receives and administers funds awarded by external agencies for research and other activities and is responsible for helping protect intellectual property through patents, copyrights and licensing agreements for start-up companies based on University research.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic environment is core to WVURC's mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting : Jan 10, 2023Posting Classification: Research CorporationExemption Status: Non-ExemptBenefits Eligible: Yes Schedule : Full-time
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