Senior Research Coordinator

We’re seeking a scientist to fill a senior research coordinator position in our research department that is poised for growth in the coming years. You will support proof-of-concept investigation, ground-truthing new ideas and practices and help a range of farmers design research that can satisfy their curiosity about their farms. You will play a pivotal role in helping us expand on-farm research opportunities in Iowa and neighboring states that explore ways to maximize the climate-smart potential of soil health-promoting practices. You will work with the senior research manager, Stefan Gailans, to fundraise for the Cooperators’ Program to increase our capacity and the reach of our efforts.

As the senior research coordinator, you’ll work with farmers of all types and farms of many sizes, from grain crops to vegetables, organic to no-till and including those with integrated crop-vegetable and livestock enterprises. These farmers are leaders among their farming peers whose work contributes to more profitable, diverse and environmentally sound farms. Building rapport and trust with farmers and understanding their research priorities will be instrumental for success in this position. You will play a key role in helping us imagine new, creative ways both for conducting on-farm research projects and transferring knowledge to farmers, partners and other stakeholders.

This is a full-time position based in our Ames, Iowa, office with hybrid work potential. Due to the need to engage with farmers around Iowa, this position requires some travel (mostly in Iowa) and a valid driver’s license. The starting annual salary for this position is $54,500 to $60,000 with the opportunity for a salary increase on an annual basis.