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This is advanced professional and managerial work in the field of biological and agricultural research engineering.

Work involves researching, developing, planning, organizing, evaluating and directing programs and projects in biological and agricultural research engineering and computer systems management.

An employee allocated to this class of work researches, develops, and evaluates design criteria, methods, processes, instrumentation, computer programs and systems, and related equipment for precision farming, geographic information systems, water management, energy conservation, environmental structures, and waste management. This work may also include overseeing the production, harvesting, processing, and handling of food and fiber. An employee in this position supervises the work of other subordinate agricultural research engineers and classified employees.

Methods of fulfilling responsibilities are usually at the discretion of the employee. Work is performed under the general direction of an administrative superior and is reviewed through observation of results.


Plans, organizes, and directs biological and agricultural research projects and programs related to field experiments, and data collection and analysis.

Supervises the work activities of subordinate research engineers, classified employees and student assistants.

Designs and develops specialized research, experiments, and computer programs and systems including facilities, machinery, sensors, instrumentation, data acquisition control systems and related technology; and conducts literature and vendor equipment searches.

Coordinates computer and networking activities for assigned unit(s), including PCS, workstations, LANs, and Internet hardware/software as well as computer model development and geographic information systems (GIS).

Evaluates experimental data by computer and statistical methods.

Publishes scientific reports, articles, and bulletin on research results.

Prepares funding and grant proposals and project status reports.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master of science in biological and agricultural engineering and experience in planning and conducting research; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of biological and agricultural engineering research methods, techniques, and procedures.

Thorough knowledge of engineering principles, the physical sciences, and the biological sciences as related to engineering.

Thorough knowledge of the use of computer systems and software packages in appropriate class of computer applications.

Ability to design, organize, and implement creative and innovative biological and agricultural engineering research programs.

Ability to effectively plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate personnel.

Ability to prepare reports and publications of research results.

Ability to speak before various groups.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other research scientists, administrative personnel, and fellow employees.



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