Research Engineer Duties
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
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
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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
Prepares funding and grant proposals and project status reports.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
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
Ability to effectively plan, organize, and direct the work of
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.