The Agronomic Field Testing Technician will lead the successful completion of the field-based research components of different projects in the Soybean Genetics & Breeding Program. This individual will be responsible for management and evaluation of soybean cultivars and breeding materials in early generation nurseries and yield plots, as well as sample handling and processing, data collection, processing and analysis, and experimental quality control.

  • Supporting breeding and agronomic research applying extensive UAS phenotypic and phonemics’ research
  • Operating the research program flexibly to support multi-disciplinary research and students
  • Collaborating with the principal investigator in the planning of research objectives
  • Planning research methodology; adapting and updating procedures to design research experiments that contribute to meeting project goals
  • Participating in preparation of oral and written communication including articles for publication, grant proposals, reports to sponsors, and conference presentations
  • Supervising research assistant, temporary employees, graduate and undergraduate students in the field and seed lab
  • Performing a variety of tasks related mainly to agronomic field work, including but not limited to: plot layout and design, planting, harvesting, threshing and cross-pollination of soybeans; recording field notes; post-harvest processing of subsamples (including cleaning, preparation and subsampling of seed)
  • Coordinating field and processing work plans with farm and facilities managers
  • Administrative responsibilities: Maintaining inventories of program seed, including cold-storage, requesting, receiving, and cataloging seed from outside sources and shipping seed to requestors, assisting with organizing and overseeing cross-pollination nursery and with winter nursery actives
  • Assisting with maintaining detailed pedigree and trait records, and with preparation of mechanisms and protocols for data collection
  • Following and enforcing protocols regarding handling of regulated and proprietary seed
  • Overseeing maintenance and care of university research vehicles and equipment
  • Interviewing, hiring, scheduling, training and terminating student (undergraduate) employees and verifying and signing time cards
  • Assisting with data management in research program
  • Compiling data and maintaining an archive
  • Assisting in integrating, analyzing and summarizing datasets and implementing data management and quality-control protocols


  • Masters’ degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Botany, Biology, Genetics, or related field
  • 1 year experience in conducting and managing plant breeding and plant science experiments in the field
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered (Bachelors degree + 3 years’ experience; Associate’s degree + 5 years’ experience)
  • Have or obtain (within six months) valid Indiana pesticide applicators license