Research Project Manager

Rutgers University


The IR-4 Project, a national research organization which is headquartered at Rutgers, is a federal program that helps commodity producers obtain registrations and reregistration’s for pest control products on minor crops, where economic considerations preclude private sector involvement. IR-4 coordinates research among state and federal cooperators, provides funding for field and laboratory studies, and develops petitions for submission to the EPA. The project is a partnership involving state agricultural experiment stations, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the EPA, agrichemical companies, growers, and grower organizations.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Project Manager for the IR 4 Project. The Research Project Manager reports to the Assistant Director, Registrations.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Provides general oversight of the research and regulatory activities for the IR-4 Project by serving as a study director. This includes planning research and preparing field and laboratory research protocols as well as reviewing and assembling research data, writing and submitting regulatory packages suitable for submission to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and comparable global regulatory authorities.
  • Provides analytical chemistry expertise for the department.
  • Functions as administrator for edocs system, an electronic database for managing documents.
  • Interact with numerous stakeholder groups including the specialty crop commodity associations, scientists/researchers, extension educators, regulatory authorities, international partners, and others to accomplish tasks
  • Make presentations at workshops and other meetings

Minimum Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, analysis of pesticide residues, pest management or related disciplines.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in research with pest management technology and/or preparing and/or submitting data to regulatory agencies.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional written, organizational and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge in use of computers to complete job functions.
  • Knowledge and experience working with US and worldwide regulations for pesticide registration, and the ability to judge whether requirements have been met when reviewing raw data.
  • Chemistry knowledge to evaluate analytical residue data generated from analysis of food crops.
  • Working knowledge of an electronic management system, such as a LIMSsystem.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree
  • Working knowledge of EPA guidelines for analytical regulatory requirements for registration of pesticides on crops.
  • Prior experience working under GLP regulations (for example, as a study director, or as an analyst/lab director generating data under GLP etc).
  • Detail oriented, able to work on multiple tasks and complete them accurately.
  • Experience within the land grant university, research/extension system, or the crop protection industry in pest management for specialty crops.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with researchers, representatives from crop protection companies and grower/commodity organizations.

Equipment Utilized

  • Computer- Word, Outlook, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and scanners/copiers.
  • Web based systems are used for QA audit responses and for project management.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • The majority of work is performed in an office setting.
  • Some overnight travel to meet with regulatory authorities, company contacts and other stakeholder groups is required.

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