Graduate Research Assistant

Focal Area: Other
Institution Name: Illinois State University
Terminal Degree:
Location: Normal, Illinois
Stiped: $1700-$1800/month
Start Date:
Application Deadline: 2/19/2014

Graduate research assistants are generally assigned to individual faculty members to assist with their research, and the majority of the assigned duties are tied to this research. The nature of the assistance varies by discipline and can involve a variety of activities such as:
1.Library work
Proposal writing
Data gathering
Data analysis

In support of the Cover Crop and Nutrient Research Program within the Departments of Agriculture and Geology, the incumbent duties will include, but are not limited to:
1. Manage the collection and analysis of soil, water, and plant samples from the field
2. Operate and maintain laboratory and field equipment, such as ion chromotograph, inductive coupled plasma, Lachet flow injection analysis authoanalyzer, and Leco N analyze
3. Coordinate and perform analysis of samples for quality assurance/quality control and/or proficiency testing
4. Responsible for facilitating sample and data organization and storage
5. Responsible for purchasing and preparing chemical reagents for analytical analysis of soil, water, and plant samples
6. Responsible for keeping detailed records via a laboratory notebook of field and laboratory procedure execution dates
7. Trains graduate and undergraduate students on laboratory and field methodology
8. Analyze and interpret data
9. Present written and oral presentations of research results

Required Qualifications:
1. Eligible for appointment as per the requirements in the Graduate Assistant Handbook which can be found at
2. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
3. Completion of a full 4-year course of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as chemistry, soil science, hydrology, water quality, biological engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.

Desired Qualifications:
Preference will be given to a degree seeking graduate student at Illinois State University within the Department of Agriculture or Geography-Geology

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