Research Technologist 4 (Forage Variety Evaluation Program)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Science
Full/Part Time:


Penn State’s Department of Plant Science is seeking applicants for a Research Technologist. The successful candidate will provide project leadership for the Forage Variety Evaluation Program both with colleagues at the University, as well as those in industry. They will oversee all operations involved in the Forage Variety Testing Program including seed acquisition, the preparation and transport of equipment, seed and plant material, planting, fertilizing, pesticide application, and harvesting. The position will also be responsible to ensure the safe operation of specialized equipment and collaborate on drawing conclusions from results; collaborate with others to formulate new research methods and explore opportunities to refine current methodologies, collect data by measurement, samplings, and subjective assessments to evaluate forages; prepare plant tissue and soil samples for lab analysis; statistically analyze and summarize data; supervise, instruct and train assigned employees in proper data collection and evaluation procedures conducted in the field, and in the safe operation of specialized equipment; maintain fiscal records of income and expenditures; assist supervisor in developing and managing program budgets; research and recommend expenditures for equipment, travel, supplies, and personnel; consult and collaborate with other Universities on a nationwide database to report performance of alfalfa varieties; serve as principal contact with seed industry personnel and initiate contacts to solicit entries; attend and participate in professional and producer conferences; and prepare reports and publications. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in Agronomy or related science is highly preferred. Experience with general farm equipment, computers and statistical analyses are desirable. Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills are essential. Attention to detail and good judgment are vital requirements, as well as the ability to work within a team environment. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records checks will be required in addition to standard background checks. A Pennsylvania “Class A” Commercial Driver’s license and Pesticide Applicator Certification in category 18 are required and must be obtained within 90 days from date of hire. This position is subject to Federal Department of Transportation testing for alcohol and controlled substances (49 CFR Part 40), and physical examination requirements per 67 PA. Code 231.85.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088