Position Available: Manager, Central Soil Health Laboratory

The Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University, is seeking a new manager for its Central Soil Health Laboratory (SHL). The candidate must be organized, communicative, and proactive to serve as Manager. This is a Full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.

The SHL facility offers:
Basic soil and plant analysis, as well as comprehensive soil health assessments as a service to the OSU research community and to the public

  • Graduate and undergraduate level training in basic laboratory procedures, including quality control as part of student thesis work
  • Two graduate classes (SOIL 512 and SOIL 514) aimed at CSS graduate students previously underexposed to crop and soil systems analysis
  • Participation in active research on soil and plant health through the curation and maintenance of the only PNW soil health database available to date (currently >500 comprehensive soil assessments)

* Position closes October 30, 2020.

To review posting and apply, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/95175, Posting #P03986UF

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