Julie Cotton, M.S.

Academic Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
Michigan State University
A264 Plant and Soil Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

517-355-0271 ext. 1156


The Rodale Institute is searching for a Project Research Coordinator to join our team and participate in a dynamic research program with unlimited outreach potential. This opening is specifically linked to our long running, Farming Systems Trial or FST. This position is a permanent full time position with benefits.

The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. Started in 1981 to study what happens during the transition from chemical to organic agriculture, the FST surprised a food community that still scoffed at organic practices. Over time, FST became a comparison documenting the long term potential of the two systems. As we face uncertain and extreme weather patterns, growing scarcity and expense of oil, lack of water, and a growing population, humanity will require farming systems that can adapt, withstand or even mitigate these problems while producing healthy, nourishing food.

The Farming Systems Trial Coordinator position will provide primary management and coordination of all activities from conducting research to effectively communicate results with partners and stakeholders. The goal of the program is to conduct and compare the impact of long-term tillage and fertility management systems on small grains, corn, forages and soybean, along with mapping changes in soil health and water quality.


Master’s degree in Plant and/or Soil Science with specialization in Agronomy Crop Science; a minimum of four years in field and laboratory research experience and familiarity with field row crop production. A successful candidate will have a strong background in statistical analysis of field trial results and have demonstrated evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.


Evidence of attention to detail and ability to develop and maintain high quality records and other documentation is desirable. Interest and ability in working, collaborating, and communicating in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds, is a necessity. A prime candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple activities. He or she should possess excellent organizational skills with demonstrated written and oral skills for communicating technical information to growers and extension personnel.




All candidates must submit a complete application packet which should include a letter of application, a current resume, unofficial transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address to Linda Carlson at [log in to unmask]. Applications will be accepted through June 20, 2014 however the position will remain open until a qualified applicant is selected.