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Research Technician II (Extended Temporary)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req18341

Department: School of Plant Sciences-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

A full-time position is available in the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona starting December 01 2023. This position will be funded through competitive grants (thus year-to-year continuation will be contingent upon satisfactory job performance and the availability of external funds). The individual in this position will provide professional research assistance for an applied research program focused on integrated disease management of economically important crop diseases in Arizona. This position offers the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic research team performing disease diagnosis and pathogen detection, developing sustainable control strategies for soilborne and foliar diseases on grapevines, fruit nut trees and other plants. Collaborating with other lab team members, you will further the basic understanding of crop diseases so that management efforts are more effective and efficient. The research is multifaceted and includes work in the laboratory, greenhouse, and sometimes the field. On a day-to-day basis, this will involve maintenance of a collection of fungal and bacterial isolates; coordination of greenhouse and growth chamber studies to understand pathogen and disease reactions to environmental conditions; coordination of phenotyping of plant germplasm for disease resistance; overseeing of greenhouse operations and production of plant materials; detection of pathogens by PCR and other assays; and deployment of cultural and chemical control treatments in greenhouse, growth chamber, and field studies. You will work closely with other scientists and technicians, and manage undergraduate students to plan and conduct experiments.

This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.

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 and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Performs diagnosis of plant samples and Koch's postulates as needed Skills in basic statistical and molecular analyses.
  • Testing, writing new scientific protocols, as well as operating and maintaining technical field and laboratory equipment such as sprayers, autoclave, thermocycler, centrifuge, spectrophotometers, gel and documentation system.
  • Lead work for others in a research setting; assists summer interns, research aides, graduate students, visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers with their research projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Plant Pathology, Biology, Microbiology, or related field, and work experience related to the position, such as experience in aseptic technique, manipulating cultures, research greenhouse operations, and/or basic molecular biology procedures.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research & Lab

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Expected End Date: 12/6/2024

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Alex Hu

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

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. As a Hispanic-serving institution, 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 provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. 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.

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