Tech I/II/III/IV, Lab

Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

AL Cooperative Extension Systems

Division Name

AL Cooperative Extension System

Position Title

Tech I/II/III/IV, Lab

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

1 year

Job Summary

The Auburn University Plant Diagnostic Laboratory with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is seeking applicants for a Laboratory Technician.
This is a 1-year, limited term appointment. Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funds.

The primary duties of this position are to provide technical support with plant disease and insect diagnostics at the Plant Diagnostic Lab. The successful applicant will be expected to perform biological, chemical, and serological tests on plant, insect, and soil samples. They will also be responsible for preparing chemical reagents and biological media, compiling laboratory records, and maintaining laboratory equipment. The lab technician will have high levels of interaction with Plant Diagnostic Laboratory clientele.

Essential Functions

Perform routine and specialized disease diagnostic lab tests on plant and insect samples: culture isolation, microscopy, ELISA, PCR, and pathogenicity testing.
- Record and communicate lab analysis results to Diagnosticians, faculty, and occasionally clients.
- Compile diagnostic data for monthly and annual reporting.
- Maintain laboratory equipment, maintain lab materials and supply availability for daily work demands, and assist in organization of lab.
- Sample data entry and data management (using web-based data management software program).
- Maintain a limited collection of fungal and bacterial plant pathogen cultures.
- Assist with preparation of materials for lab tours, workshops, and preparation of Extension presentations or projects.
- Instruct students and others on testing methods and procedures.
- Prepare media and reagents required for diagnostic assays, sterilize equipment, sterilize samples and cultures for disposal, and maintain laboratory chemical inventory.
- Assist with other laboratory activities including insect and nematode sample processing.

Education Level

High school diploma or equivalent

Field of Study

Years of Experience

No experience required at Level l.

Area of Experience

Experience in performing tests and/or research in a lab setting

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Level II - High school diploma or equivalent plus 1 year of relevant experience in performing tests and/or research in a lab setting
Level III - High school diploma or equivalent plus 4 years of relevant experience in performing tests and/or research in a lab setting
Level IV - High school diploma or equivalent plus 6 years of relevant experience in performing tests and/or research in a lab setting

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

Bachelors of Science (BS) from an accredited institution and laboratory experience.

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$22,300 - $52,100

Job Category


Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please provide how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No

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