Research Specialist

Idaho, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 15, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Idaho

Research Specialist

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Classified

Pay Range: $17.64 per hour or higher depending on education and experience

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
The primary responsibility is to assist the Project Director with the University of Idaho's Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN, Globodera pallida) research program on the Moscow campus as part of a multi-state collaborative effort to eradicate PCN in Idaho. Main duties include ensuring high quality productive research and research environment by maintaining a safe, secure, and efficient laboratory and greenhouse space; propagate, maintain, cultures of G. pallida and other plant parasitic nematodes on plants; maintain a potato tissue culture collection; execute and maintain experiments; manage data and conduct statistical analyses; conduct experiments in support of control of G. pallida and other nematodes; maintain and enforce quarantine conditions for G. pallida in all program facilities, maintenance of general laboratory tasks. Maintain safety logs and training to ensure all lab members comply with university, state, and national regulatory guidelines. Provide documentation for biosafety and containment permits and appropriate biosafety protocols. Train and supervise students and temporary lab employees on proper use of lab equipment and techniques, greenhouse tasks, as well as safe and secure handling of PCN and biological materials.

Minimum Qualifications:
- BS in nematology, plant pathology, entomology, plant science, or a related field.
- One year of post-bachelor’s laboratory, greenhouse, or field research experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
- MS in nematology, plant pathology, entomology, plant sciences, or a related field.
- Four years of experience with laboratory, greenhouse, and fieldwork in nematology or plant pathology.
- Experience following pre-established procedures or protocols.
- Experience analyzing scientific data.
- Experience keeping complete and accurate records.
- Experience using a computer to enter and retrieve data.
- Experience working in a team environment.
- Knowledge of containment protocols when dealing with quarantine plant pests.
- Scientific record keeping abilities.
- Aseptic techniques and other microbiological methods such as use of microscopes and autoclaves.
- Experience in experimental design and data analysis.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to maintain clear, detailed records and research notebooks.
- Experience formulating and executing daily plans while coordinating workloads of others for simultaneous projects.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
- Ability to lift, carry and/or otherwise move up to 25 lbs.

Posting Number: SP002854P

Posting Date: 06/11/2021

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
First consideration date is June 28, 2021.

Applicants, in the letter of qualification, please explain how you meet all of the required qualifications as well as any applicable preferred qualifications.

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.


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