We always welcome motivated students with a strong interest in horticulture and lab analysis. They will have the opportunity to learn about orchard management, cultivar evaluation, fruit quality. Students are expected to commit for at least several months and full participate in field and laboratory activities.
Washington State University seeks a full-time Research Assistant at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, WA. This position will support the research activities in physiology and pomology (apple and pear) in tree crops in Washington.
The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including field work, laboratory analysis, fruit sorting, and quality analysis. Applicant should feel comfortable working in adverse outdoor conditions including rain, snow, and extreme heat or cold independently or as part of a team. Other required activities include data entry, summary, statistical analysis, and preparation of graphics/presentations and reports. The incumbent will work in assessing the reliability of new instruments for non-destructive dry matter assessment on fruit using near-infrared spectroscopy and its utilization as at harvest sorting step and optimization in fruit quality analysis. High level of capability in essential computer software (spreadsheets, word processing and presentation) and the ability to learn new software is required. Experience with scripted data analysis platforms is highly desirable (e.g. R, SAS, MatLab, etc.).
Requirements include the ability to locate and purchase supplies, take care of instruments maintenance, schedule and execute activities independently, and learn new procedures and develop protocols as required.
Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement; experimental and analytical skills, precision, reliability, understanding and knowledge of research theory, excellent organizational and project management skills. The incumbent will also supervise the activities of hourly workers, and work with other technical staff and scientists to achieve project goals.
Preferred qualification: Two years of experience in relevant research field. If interested please apply by the closing date of July 29, 2018.
WSU is an EO/AA educator and employer.
Washington State is known for its iconic apple and is recognized globally as the world’s premier tree fruit production region, with more than 230,000 (180,000 apple) acres of tree fruits statewide and more than $6 billion of annual economic impact. More than a third of apple and cherry production is exported annually.
The WSU-TFREC in Wenatchee is in the center of this large production region, which includes the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin that are easily accessible from Wenatchee. The long, warm summer days, cool nights, low precipitation, and volcanic soils make central WA ideal for irrigated fruit production as well as other high value horticultural crops and represents one of the most agriculturally-diverse regions in the U.S. The tree fruit industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources. The tree fruit industry annually provides approximately $3.5 million in competitive funding through the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission for projects of interest and value to the industry.
The TFREC is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains and enjoy approximately 300 days of sunshine per year. There are endless outdoor recreation opportunities near Wenatchee including world-class hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering and white-water rafting. Wenatchee, WA is also in the heart of the US tree fruit industry where more than 50% of apples, cherries and pears grown in the United States are grown in Washington State.