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Research Specialist - Crop and Soil Sciences

Job Description

Posting Number

PG193107SP

Internal Recruitment

No

Working Title

Research Specialist - Crop and Soil Sciences

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience ($50,000 - $55,000)

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (as needed to meet project goals)

Job Location

Raleigh, NC

Department

Crop and Soil Sciences

About the Department

The Precision Sustainable Agriculture program is a network of researchers across the country collaborating to develop integrated knowledge-intensive sustainable agriculture practices into a precision framework to maximize farm productivity, and sustainability through the use of an information ecology that connects farms, data, tools, and people for optimal, real-time decision making. The PSA program is housed within the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences which encompasses diverse disciplines in research extension and teaching. The departmentís mission is to develop future leaders in crop, soil and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, devise effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings, and disseminate crop, soil, and environmental science knowledge for the benefit of users and producers of food, feed turf, biofuels and fiber in North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Essential Job Duties

We are seeking an exceptional individual to coordinate and conduct drone operations across North Carolina and manage the associated data. In this role you will be responsible for the planning, setup, and collection of drone imagery at multiple research stations across North Carolina. You will also coordinate data collection activities with research station staff licensed to operate UAVs at other locations and serve as the point-of-contact for technical UAV issues or operational concerns. You will work closely with a team of researchers and data managers in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to coordinate flights, schedule data collection activities, and transfer data. Responsibilities will also include the management and post-processing of UAV imagery. These activities will include following protocols and procedures developed for the download, transfer, organization, and storage of the drone imagery and derived data products.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Ability to coordinate and conduct drone operation across North Carolina and manage the associated data.
  • Plan, setup, and collection of drone imagery at multiple research stations.
  • Follow protocols and procedures developed for the download, transfer, organization, and storage of the drone imagery and derived data products.
  • Coordinate data collection activities with research station staff licensed to operate UAVs at other locations and serve as the point-of-contact for technical UAV issues or operational concerns.
  • The position will work closely with a team of researchers and data managers in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to coordinate flights, schedule data collection activities, and transfer data.
  • Responsibilities include management of post processing of UAV imagery.
  • Develop training materials for research staff on UAV operation and data collection.
  • Train research staff on the setup and operation of UAVs for research purposes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

At present, this is a time-limited position for two (2) years, with a maximum time-limited status of 3 years.

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education

Bachelorís degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Ability to work extended hours outdoor
  • Ability to travel as required
  • Possess strong troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to conduct missions safely and responsibly
  • Ability to keep detailed flight logs and accurate records
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Experience with at least one or more of the following:
    • MicaSense (AgEagle) Rededge-MX, RedEdge-P, Altum, and Altum-P. Experience setting up and collecting data with RTK-GPS receivers (e.g. Emlid, Trimble)
  • Excellent written and oral communication

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-3 years UAS experience operating DJI consumer and enterprise-level UAVís
  • 4-year degree + 1 year of directly related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and/or related experience.
  • Familiarity with GIS software.
  • Familiarity with cloud-based data storage services (Azure, AWS).
  • Technical knowledge of a at least one or more of the following:
    • MicaSense (AgEagle) Rededge-MX, RedEdge-P, Altum, and Altum-P in order to act as point of contact for technical UAV issues or operational concerns.
  • Proficient in Windows and Linux operating environments.
  • Basic programming skills a plus (python, R, batch scripting).
  • Prior experience with post-processing imagery in photogrammetry software (Metashape, Pix4D WebODM).

Required License or Certification

  • Valid Driverís License or the ability to obtain an NC driverís License within 60 days of hire.
  • Valid Remote Pilot Certificate (USA Part 107 License) or ability to obtain a Pilot Certificate (USA Part 107 License) within 6 months of hire.

Valid NC Driver's License required

Yes

Commercial Driver's License Required?

No

Job Open Date

03/08/2023

Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.)

03/15/2023

Special Instructions

Plesae attach a Cover Letter, CV, and Contact information for three (3) professional references.

Position Number

00109960

Position Type

SHRA

Position Classification Band Title

Research Specialist

Position Classification Band Level

Journey

Position Classification Salary Range

$36,363 - $87,527

Salary Grade Equivalency

GN10

Alternate Option

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)

1.00

Appointment

12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Time Limited Position

Yes

Time-Limited Appointment Length (if applicable)

2 years

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?

No

Department Id

110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences

AA/EEO

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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