Montana State University

Research Position
Vacancy Announcement
January 27, 2014

Central Agricultural Research Center

Search Number     14-179
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) renewable fiscal year contract
Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

The position will be located at the Central Agricultural Research Center (CARC) near Moccasin, Montana. CARC is a part of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station headquartered at Montana State University. Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges, including the College of Agriculture, and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 13,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is recognized as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities representing the top tier of the Carnegie Foundation rankings. The CARC is located in the central region of Montana, 150 miles to main campus, 70 miles SE of Great Falls and 30 miles west of Lewistown, in an area known as the Judith Basin. The Judith Basin is open prairie surrounded by six mountain ranges. The area boasts spectacular scenery and the rural appeal of an array of recreational activities including fishing, hiking, hunting for fossils and game, photography, skiing, boating, and musical and other cultural events.


The mission of the Research Centers is to serve the specific needs of the clientele in local production areas and the broader needs of Montana agriculture in general through applied research directed to the problems and impacts of agricultural production. The CARC is responsible for research of small grains, forages, pulses, oilseed and other crops, and services to agricultural producers and agricultural industries.

Duties and

Under the supervision of a cropping systems agronomist, the person in this position will coordinate and manage a project to optimize cropping systems for oilseed bioenergy crops in central Montana. The successful candidate will participate in the design and establishment of field and laboratory experiments, organize and implement the experiments according experimental protocols, collect and analyze data, interpret the research results, and write manuscripts. The candidate will also supervise seasonal employees and assist graduate students in conducting research projects. The successful candidate must be able to work with a wide variety of constituents, be self-motivated, and be able to work without close supervision. Some in-state and out-of-state travel will be required.

1.   Ph.D. degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, or closely related field.
2.   Experience in agronomic field plot studies.
3.   Experience in growing field crops.
4.   Experience in the use of computer software for word processing, generating labels, spreadsheet, and statistical analysis.
1.   Experience in project coordination and management.
2.   Experience in manuscript writing.
3.   Experience supervising students and temporary workers.
The Successful
Candidate Will

have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with faculty, staff, extension agents, farmers, and students; have superior written and oral communication skills; the ability to communicate effectively with fellow employees, the public in person, over the telephone, and electronically; have the ability to work effectively with diverse populations; have refined organizational and time management skills; have the ability to balance independent work and team-oriented work; maintain effective attention to detail, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing competing demands; be skilled at prioritizing, organizing, and working on multiple projects; and exercise good judgment and self-motivation.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Must be able to lift up to 80 pounds.
3.   Must be able to work in cold, hot, and dusty environments.
4.   Longer working hours are expected and required during the planting and harvesting season.
5.   Some in-and-out-of-state travel is required.

Screening of applications will begin on March 1, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
  • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-179" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Dr. Chengci Chen
    • Central Agricultural Research Center
    • Montana State University
    • 52583 US Hwy 87
    • Moccasin, MT 59462-9512
    • (406)423-5421

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted (1/27/14 bbclark)