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Requisition ID:  9305

Viticulture Research & Extension Associate

Job Summary

*Updated March 23, 2020*: All interview and hiring processes will be postponed until later specified. At this time, we are still accepting applications.


The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is seeking a self-motivated individual with expertise in viticulture to contribute to the Purdue Wine Grape Team extension and research. Responsibilities for this position will include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting viticulture research in the field at the Meigs Horticulture Research Farm, offsite at the Southwest Purdue Ag Center and in commercial vineyards, and on-campus in the greenhouse and laboratory
  • Mentoring students and other staff and delegate work and supervise undergraduate students
  • Directing projects including experimental design, field plot management, data management and analysis for research and demonstration projects
  • Communicating with team members, facility managers, and external partners for the coordination of project-wide goals and efforts
  • Assisting in developing research grants, writing and submitting research progress reports, writing and submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, and delivering presentations to the scientific community
  • Facilitating research of graduate students by managing research materials, ordering supplies, maintaining instruments and equipment, and coordinating the use of field and lab space
  • Developing and delivering materials for extension education programs that improve the lives and livelihood of stakeholders
  • Masters's degree in Viticulture, Horticulture or a related field
  • 1 year of experience conducting viticulture research
  • Valid Indiana pesticide applicator’s license or ability to obtain within 2 months of employment
  • Experience with designing, evaluating, analyzing, and summarizing field experiments
  • Laboratory experience
  • Knowledge of integrated pest management in viticulture
  • Ability to manage and analyze datasets using statistical tools (ARM, R, SAS, etc.)
  • Ability to work with, mentor, train, and supervise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to develop program specific safety and standard operating procedures
  • Ability to maintain working areas in an organized, efficient, and safe manner
  • Must be able to perform physical work duties such as lifting a minimum of 50  pounds and to work on their feet for extended periods
  • Ability to work both in the lab and outdoors including occasional work in inclement weather
  • Valid U.S. or Canadian driver’s license
  • Travel and overnight stays (approximately 10 nights/year)



  • 2+ years of experience conducting viticulture research
  • Project management and supervisory experience
Additional Information:
  • Purdue will not sponsor work authorization for this position.
  • A background check is required for employment in this position
  • This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain same benefit standing.
  • FLSA:  Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement:  Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply