Montana State University

Research Position
Vacancy Announcement
May 14, 2014

Research Associate *located in Conrad, MT*
Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center

Search Number     14-408
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) twelve month appointment, dependent upon performance and funding

Competitive salary depending upon relevant qualifications, education, and experience

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.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation. The mission of the Department of 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 Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center (WTARC) is one of the seven research centers, distributed across Montana, in the Department of Research Centers under the College of Agriculture/Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. The mission of the Department of 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 WTARC is located in the north central region of Montana, 10 miles north of Conrad, approximately 60 miles SE of Great Falls. Conrad is situated near Rocky Mountain Front, Flathead National Forest, Lewis and Clark National Forest, and only 2.5 hours east of Glacier National Park. 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. Conrad has a population of around 2,600 residents; it has a strong sense of community and offers affordable rural living and very low crime rate. Local amenities include Pondera Medical Center, businesses, restaurants, stores, state of the art Pondera county shooting sports complex, churches. Other local communities include Shelby (approximate population of 3,500) with Amtrak rail station and Valier (population of about 450 residents) near Lake Frances popular for outdoor activities.


The “Golden Triangle” is one of the most productive grain growing areas of the United States. The mission of WTARC is to support agricultural production in this area through research on pest insects and IPM strategies for their management. Development of novel cost-effective strategies for mitigating destructive pest insects is a primary goal of the station. The successful applicant will perform duties in regard to IPM.

Duties and

Support the entomology/ecology program at WTARC under the direct supervision of the Entomologist/Ecologist/Postdoctoral Scientist. This individual will assist in designing field and greenhouse/laboratory research studies, collection and management of data, statistical analysis, and summarization of results for scientific presentation and publications in peer reviewed journals and writing grant proposals.

The selected individual will be required to assist the Entomologist/Ecologist/Postdoctoral scientist in writing grants, manuscripts, and field reports. Applicants should have research experience, writing skills, and publication records appropriate for this position and the field of IPM in general.

1.   Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Entomology, or closely-related field.
2.   Experience with ecological/agricultural entomology field research, basic statistics, and biological controls.
3.   Excellent communication and organizational skills.
1.   Master's Degree in Entomology or closely-related field.
2.   Experience in successfully supervising employees;
3.   Experience coordinating workshops or similar group activities;
4.   Insect rearing experience.
5.   Possess an established scientific publication record.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Have the ability to travel to the field sites and work independently; possess excellent written and oral communication skills; have highly effective interpersonal skills including the ability to work cooperatively with research faculty, producers, and co-workers; be able to follow instructions, maintain effective attention to detail, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing competing demands; and be meticulous and specific in carrying out work assignments.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Some in- and out-state travel will be required, therefore must possess or be able to obtain a valid Driver's License.
3.   Must possess or be able to obtain a Montana State Pesticide Applicator's License.
4.   Must be willing to work outside of traditional business hours when research protocols dictate.
5.   Must be able to lift 60 pounds.
6.   Must be able walk on and stand in rough terrain for long periods of time.
7.   Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions
8.   Must be able to work with and around dust, pollen-bearing plants and pesticides.

Screening of applications will begin on May 28, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application that addresses the required and preferred qualifications listed above by clearly indicating relevant education and experience using specific examples; and
  • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
  • (3) the names and contact information of three professional references.

    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 #14-408" in the subject line of the email.

    Submit materials to:

    • Dr. Gadi V.P. Reddy
    • Superintendent and Associate Professor of Entomology/Insect Ecology
    • MSU Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center
    • 9546 Old Shelby Rd
    • Conrad, MT 59425


Posted 5/14/14 bbclark