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The USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Water Management Research Unit in Fort Collins, has two work study positions available for self-motivated student employees committed to supporting research on plant responses to the environment. The employees may work up to 20 hrs/week between 8 am - 6 pm M-F in block of at least 2 hrs. The employees must be willing to work both fall and spring semester.
 
The research conducted will investigate plant physiology and root growth response to soil moisture and drought. The position will be supervised by research scientists and involve hands-on experience data collection, data entry and data processing. In fall, we will work as a group to process root samples from field experiments this summer, take images to determine root length, and weigh and grind samples. There is also potential for supporting potential greenhouse experiments on plant drought responses and drought recovery in the spring. The ideal candidates are able to work independently and efficiently. Attention to detail is required. Familiarity with spreadsheets is helpful. 
 
This is an on-campus work-study position in the Federal Buildings located on the southern edge of campus. You must have a work-study award to apply. If you have questions about work-study or your eligibility, please email StudentEmployment@colostate.edu. Colorado State University may conduct background checks on final candidates.  
 
US citizenship is required. There are two positions available. Schedules are flexible Monday-Friday in blocks of time no shorter than 2 hours.  
 
Hourly Rate: $14.00-14.75/hour
 
Benefit Information: Employee Benefit information can be found on HR’s Website: https://hr.colostate.edu/current-employees/benefits/
 
Work Location: 2150 Centre Ave, Bldg D, Suite 320, Fort Collins, CO 80526  
 
Applications will be accepted through Handshake. Electronic applications can also be sent directly to Dr. Louise Comas, louise.comas@usda.gov, with a heading of ‘Student research position’. Applicants should include a brief cover letter; a resume with contact information, statement of citizenship, work history, education (including year and major), and other relevant experiences; list of references; and a copy of unofficial transcripts. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.