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Research Technician (Part Time)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Technician (Part Time)
Department School of Plant Sciences-Res (2425)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

A Research Technician position is available to do DNA extractions and greenhouse plant growth operations.

The School of Plant Sciences is a vigorous, cutting-edge, and comprehensive academic unit of the University of Arizona, whose scientists are devoted to the study of plants, the organisms that underpin the survival of terrestrial life. Research programs within the School examine how plants grow, how they respond to their environment, how they evolved, how they can be manipulated, and their fungal, bacterial, and viral interactions. These studies are done at various levels — from the chemical reactions and molecules fundamental to all life, to the roles plants play in ecosystems, whether controlled or under natural conditions. Plants are also studied from the viewpoint of basic research, from the viewpoint of applied research, including crop production, protection, and improvement, and from the viewpoint of addressing directed societal goals, such as biofuels, enhanced nutrition, and the discovery of biomedicinal compounds. Plants, arguably, are the most important group of living organisms, since, without the energy conversion mechanism provided by photosynthesis, life as we know it would not be possible on the Earth. Plants are fundamental to all aspects of our existence; they provide the oxygen we breathe, the nutrition we consume, the fossil fuels we utilize, and the infrastructure we inhabit. Given the growth of the human population, and the adverse effects of this growth on the environment, the importance of research and training in the Plant Sciences has never been more critical.

Duties & Responsibilities

Use micropipettes correctly, make up chemical solutions that are used routinely in a molecular biology laboratory, perform dilutions correctly, perform percentage calculations for number counts and liquid solutions correctly.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Please see ‘Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications’ below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience for these job duties will very helpful: grind frozen tissue, perform agarose gel electrophoresis for both flat bed and pulsed field, perform restriction digestions, handle and work with DNA and High molecular weight DNA properly, do organic extractions on DNA isolations, perform plant DNA extractions, perform plasmid extractions from e coli, maintain plants in a greenhouse, plant seeds for a greenhouse operation, collect plant tissue with liquid nitrogen from a greenhouse, and general molecular biology lab duties.

Full Time/Part Time Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 19.5
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible No
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $12.50 Per Hour
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24603
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 02/26/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dave Kudrna

Open Date 02/13/2018
Review Start Date 02/19/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents