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Requisition ID:  9916

Field Research Coordinator/Manager

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 Agronomy is seeking a Research Project Coordinator/Manager. This position will serve as field research manager and coordinator for the Integrated Striga Control Africa Project as well as manage field and breeding nursery activities relevant to the project, following directives of principal investigators and lead scientists. Additional duties will include but are not limited to:


  • Managing sorghum breeding nurseries for seed increase
  • Variety and hybrid development (planting, care, crossing, harvest, threshing and seed processing)
  • Curating and maintaining seed of sorghum germplasm
  • Collecting, storing, and processing agronomic data collected in research nurseries and production fields
  • Communicating with overseas collaborators to coordinate sorghum hybrid testing trials and seed production fields
  • Organizing seed shipments for international testing and winter nurseries
  • Supervising student and temporary help with field and seed lab activities
  • Ordering supplies needed for project activities
  • Coordinating seed packaging and planning of breeding nurseries and field trials related to project



  • Bachelor's in Agronomy, Plant Genetics or related
  • 2 years of crop breeding and genetics nursery management or related
  • Ability to travel to winter nursery (Puerto Rico) and to site of project activities (Ethiopia)



  • Master's in Agronomy, Plant Genetics or related
Additional Information:
  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply