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Research Technician (Extended Temporary) (UPDATED)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Technician (Extended Temporary) (UPDATED)
Department School of Plant Sciences-Res (2425)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Note: This position has been reopened and the review date has been updated to 3/15/2018. If you previously applied for this position your application is under consideration and it is not necessary to reapply.

The Research Technician will provide professional research assistance for an applied research program focused on integrated disease management of economically important crop diseases in Central and Southeastern Arizona.

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.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Assist supervisor in conducting routine Laboratory experiments using basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques. Responsible for pathogen isolation, identification, cataloging and storage of pathogen specimens. DNA/RNA extraction, quantification, and PCR. Develop, manage, and maintain laboratory protocols. The position will also be responsible for a range of tasks related to lab management, including training and supervision of other lab staff, lab safety compliance and inspections, purchasing, and stocking and maintenance of equipment, supplies, and chemical reagents. The position will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data, and carrying out basic statistical analyses.
  • Assist supervisor in planning and conducting field plot trials on disease control. Collect and process research samples and data according to written protocols; perform data entry and assist in report preparation and presentation of results. Travel across several counties in the central and southern Arizona is required to field research trial sites.
  • Participate in routine discussions with the PI. Perform other duties as necessary: conduct literature searches and prepare journal article manuscript, extension publication, project report, and grant proposal; participate in extension workshops and presentations, present research results at scientific and/or grower meetings; provide training for undergraduate and graduate student workers. This includes planning, assigning, and approving work, as well as coordinating work schedules and delegating tasks in the field/laboratory.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Experience working with plants and/or microorganisms infecting plants in field and laboratory settings, including growing plants and microbes, taking care of plants and cultures, sterile technique, and storing microbial long-term cultures.

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

Previous experience working in a molecular biology laboratory.

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Plant Sciences, or closely related field, or a Bachelor’s degree in discipline and 2+ years of relevant experience.

Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 hours
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $12.00 Per Hour
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24560
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary) 02/11/2020
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Professor Jiahuai (Alex) Hu at

Open Date 02/07/2018
Review Start Date 03/15/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant

Submit cover letter and CV.

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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
  3. * Do you have previous experience working in a molecular biology laboratory?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents