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Iowa State University Seed Analyst I- Seed Science Center in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Seed Analyst I- Seed Science Center

Job Group:Merit

Required Minimum Qualifications:• High school graduation plus one year of work experience or an equivalent combination of post high school education and work experience from which one can acquire knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment and terminology and/or knowledge of various kinds of agricultural seeds.

Preferred Qualifications:• Working knowledge of the AOSA Rules for Testing Seeds.• Knowledge of seed morphology, physiology and early growth characteristics of agricultural seeds.• Previous experience working in a seed lab conducting health testing and/or purity testing (primarily seed identification) and germination testing.

Job Description:

Under direct supervision, utilizes standardized testing procedures to evaluate the seed quality of agricultural seeds.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

• Determines percentages of pure seed, weeds, other crop and inert components on submitted seed samples of agricultural seeds in accordance with the Association of Official Seed Analyst (AOSA) “Rules for Testing Seeds”.

• Identifies and records botanical names of weeds and other crop seeds found in submitted samples.

• Evaluates standardized germination tests in agricultural crops and classifies seeds/seedlings in accordance with the AOSA “Rules for Testing Seeds.

• Plants germination nests in accordance with AOSA, Canada Agriculture, and the International Seed Testing Association Rules for Testing Seeds.

• Prepares seed samples for routine and special tests.

• Enters testing data and/or verifies accuracy of data entry.

• Assists staff in conducting short courses and workshops by answering questions from individuals.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Knowledge of ”AOSA Rules for Testing Seeds” and other related publications such as Seed Laws and Handbooks concerning seed testing issues.

• Knowledge of seed morphology and physiology.

• Knowledge of early growth characteristics of various groups of seeds in order to properly evaluate their growth potential.

• Ability to identify numerous agricultural crops.

• Ability to examine and manipulate small seeds and seedlings.

• Ability to perform mathematical computation in order to determine percentages from the weight calculations.

• Ability to enter data into a computerized database.

• Ability to work under a variety of conditions such as noise, pollen, odors, chemicals, dust, and mold.

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:6

Application Instructions:

Apply for this position by clicking on “Apply” and completing the Merit Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter details about your education and work history. If you have questions regarding the application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: July 19, 2021

Posting Close Date:August 2, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R5545

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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