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University of Idaho
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Posted: 04/7/2017
Research Technician

University of Idaho

Research Technician

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Classified

Pay Range: $13.50 - $16.65 per hour

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

The research technician will assist the principle investigator, research associates, research specialists, and graduate students in fundamental and applied research on plant viruses in various agricultural and model crops. Activities include maintenance of seed stocks and plants in tissue culture, planting, maintaining, and harvesting field and greenhouse-grown experiments; evaluating field and greenhouse-grown experiments; data entry and management; and presenting research results at local, regional, and national meetings. Regional travel will be required to maintain and evaluate field trials. The research technician will contribute to the team effort by supervising hourly workers, assisting with greenhouse and laboratory work, maintaining stocks of supplies, and performing miscellaneous clerical duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

Familiarity with plant science and plant pathology and experience in plant research totaling 4 years.

Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks and laboratory techniques specific to the needs of the position; operate, maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot and resolve basic problems with instruments and equipment; keep records and compile written information for reports; follow good safety practices; possess good interpersonal and communication skills; and train and supervise other workers.

Basic computer experience and experience using Microsoft Office programs.

Must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to drive a motor vehicle, and have or obtain an Idaho commercial pesticide applicator license within 6 months of hiring date.

Preferred Qualifications:

College courses taken in Plant Science, Plant Pathology, Agronomy or related fields.

Two years of experience with plant virology-related research techniques, and statistical analysis of experimental data.

First aid training.

Demonstrated skills in the laboratory diagnostic techniques, greenhouse plant husbandry, and demonstrated role in preparation and publication of peer-reviewed papers.

Ability to work on own initiative; work alone and cooperatively in small groups; plan projects to achieve goals of overall program; work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision; identify and solve problems; prioritize tasks and manage own and employees’ time; interpret results from experiments; effectively supervise employees; establish and maintain effective working relationships; work cooperatively with faculty and staff from other programs; and work extra hours when required.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Physical ability to: perform assigned duties; may be required to work with toxic, volatile and corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances; may be required to work in adverse environmental conditions, i.e., dusty, hot, or cold conditions outdoors.

Must be able to lift, carry, or otherwise move heavy materials weighing up to 30 lbs.

Posting Number: SP001351P

Posting Date: 04/05/2017

Closing Date: 4/19/2017

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions:

In addition to completing the online application, please write a letter of application specifically addressing how you meet each of the minimum qualifications, as well as any preferred qualifications. Also please provide your resume and names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement

University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.