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Research Technician

About this Job:

Central Crops Research Station is one of eighteen agricultural research centers in the State of North Carolina. North Carolina State University owns the Central Crops Research Station with operational management through the Division of Research Stations. North Carolina State University and the Division of Research Stations establish the general operating procedures. The primary purpose of the Research Station is to provide land, personnel, expertise, facilities, and equipment to research scientists conducting agricultural and animal research projects which address specific questions of production in North Carolina and scientific investigation of swine and crop concerns and improvements.

  • The Research Technician is a multiple discipline agricultural research position in support of all three research units. The primary function of the Research Technician is to serve as a technician with swine, facilities and crop responsibilities.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for daily care of swine and maintenance of swine facility.
  • Assisting with all task related to the care, feeding, husbandry, and health of animals.
  • Assisting in the Field Crops and Horticulture units as needed and assigned.
  • Assisting with all task related to the establishment, maintenance, and disposition of research specimens.
  • Applying treatments to research subjects according to protocol, operate the effluent application system and assist with swine facility maintenance.
  • Operating a wide variety of agriculture equipment to prepare fields, apply treatments, and harvest crops.
  • Assisting research personnel with implementation of treatments, and collection and recording of data.
  • Working with various types of irrigation equipment including laying solid set pipe.
  • Assisting with maintenance of equipment, grounds, buildings, field plots, animals, and other task required for the proper operation of the entire facility.

The validity of research projects depends upon the quality of work in the Research Technician position.

This position is located in Clayton, NC.

Other Responsibilities:

  • The position will assist in all units as needed and assigned. Research projects or weather may alter work schedule.
  • Position will assist with maintenance and repair as deemed necessary to ensure proper operation of entire research station.

Knowledge of agricultural practices related to crop and livestock production.
Must be able to lift 60 lbs. on a routine basis with or without reasonable accommodations.
Ability to operate farm machinery.
Ability to communicate in both oral and written form.
Ability to read and follow pesticide labels, SOP’s, and research protocols.
Ability to collect and record data accurately.

Four year degree and two years agriculture experience or a combination of equivalent experience and education.
Two year degree and/or three years agriculture and/or animal production experience.
Experience in agriculture and/or swine production and agricultural research.
Experience operating and adjusting farm equipment including calibration.

A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.
Must have or obtain a NC Public Pesticide Applicators License within 6 months of hire.
Must have or obtain a NCDA Forklift License, and PQA certification within 6 months of hire.

How to apply:

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