Job Posting: Research Associate – Vegetable Crops

The University of Delaware Extension Vegetable and Fruit Program, based at the Carvel Research & Education Center in Georgetown, Delaware, conducts applied research and provides Extension support to Delaware’s vegetable and fruit growers. This full-time position will support a grant funded research project in the area of lima bean breeding and genetics and vegetable variety trials. Funding is in place for 3 years with continued funding support anticipated. The Research Associate will work under the supervision of the Extension Vegetable and Fruit Specialist.


Manage greenhouse and field production of lima bean breeding lines and experimental populations.

Assist with yield trials and drone-based phenotyping of lima bean breeding lines and experimental populations.

Provide supervision and direction to seasonal employees.

Organize trial seed acquisition, inventory, and distribution.

Assist with establishment, maintenance and data collection of applied vegetable and fruit research plots.


Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science, plant breeding, or related field and two years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must have or obtain Delaware Pesticide Applicator Certification.

Experience with field and greenhouse production.

Familiarity with statistical analysis and software is preferred, along with Microsoft Word, Excel, or equivalent program.

Experience with UAV systems, remote sensing and image analysis preferred.  Hires will be expected to obtain a FAA – 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.

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