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Research Associate II, Vegetable Crops

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College / VP Area: College of Ag & Natural Res
Work type: Staff
Location: Georgetown
Categories: Full Time, Extension and Outreach

Pay Grade: 29E

Context of Job:

The University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center serves as the experiment station and county extension office for southern Delaware in Sussex County. This facility provides the setting for applied research in many areas coupled with the dissemination of these results and additional information to Sussex County residents as well as to the state and region.

The University of Delaware Extension Vegetable and Fruit Program conducts applied research and provides Extension support to Delaware’s vegetable and fruit growers. This position will support a grant funded research project in the area of lima bean breeding and genetics and vegetable variety trials. Funding is in place for 3 years with continued funding support anticipated. The Research Associate will work under the supervision of the Extension Vegetable and Fruit Scientist/Specialist.


  • Manage greenhouse and field production of lima bean breeding lines and experimental populations.
  • Assist with yield trials and drone-based phenotyping of lima bean breeding lines and experimental populations.
  • Prepare samples for quality/sensory evaluations.
  • Provide supervision and direction to seasonal employees.
  • Organize trial seed acquisition, inventory, and distribution.
  • Assist with establishment, maintenance and data collection of applied vegetable and fruit research plots.
  • Responsible for complying with university policies, procedures, and best practices regarding protecting data and following UD data governance rules.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science, plant breeding, or related field and two years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have or obtain Delaware Pesticide Applicator Certification.
  • Experience with field and greenhouse production.
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis and software is preferred, along with Microsoft Word, Excel, or equivalent program.
  • Experience with UAV systems, remote sensing and image analysis preferred.  Hires will be expected to obtain a FAA – 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.

Special Requirements:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors during the summer months.
  • Some evening and weekend work will be required.

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