In the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station this class is responsible for performing a range of highly complex research tasks involving very demanding analyses, examinations and original research.
Works under the limited supervision of a Chief Agricultural Scientist.
May lead/supervise Agricultural Research Technicians, Agricultural Research Assistants, seasonal assistants and other lower-level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Applies originality and initiative in analysis or research on basic and applied scientific problems;
Analyzes and interprets results for other scientists and the general public;
Writes articles and reports for peer-reviewed journals;
Addresses public meetings and responds to citizens’ questions;
Must seek grants and extramural funding;
Performs work with the high ethics, competence and thoroughness of a proven professional;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
research standards, principles and practices;
scientific techniques such as: analytical procedures, insect identifications, diagnosis of plant diseases, statistics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, or plant identification;
Knowledge of physical and data resources in the applicable scientific field(s);
oral and written communication skills;
organize, evaluate, interpret, document and report scientific data;
analyze research problems and develop meaningful solutions;
utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate science AND ten (10) years of professional experience in a scientific research organization; OR
A Master’s degree in an appropriate science AND seven (7) years of professional experience in a scientific research organization; OR
A Ph.D. or equivalent AND three (3) years of professional experience in a scientific research organization.
Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
A physical examination may be required.
Incumbents in this class may be required to occasionally lift heavy objects, such as standard laboratory equipment and/or trays/boxes of glassware; may be exposed to some risk of injury from such hazards as broken glass, chemicals, and toxic or disease-carrying substances.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(15)-ENG, SCIEN, TECH P-4
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Associate Agricultural Scientist (35 Hour) in Salary Group VR 99 approved December 27, 2013. (Revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgement section. Reviewed for content.) Final No. 23-292