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Research Technician II (Extended Temporary) (Part Time) (UPDATED) (Multiple Positions)

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

Posting Number: req19762

Department: School of Plant Sciences-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Please Note: The number of openings has been updated from 1 to 2.

The successful applicant will be involved in research objectives involving characterization of insect-transmitted plant pathogen interactions and emergent plant viral pathogens. Specific tasks will involve insect transmission/biological assays, DNA and RNA isolation from plants and insects, cDNA synthesis, primer design; PCR, RT-PCR, routine PCR-, real-time qPCR- and ddPCR- amplification assays; molecular cloning; plasmid purification, colony PCR, Sanger DNA sequencing and sequence analysis; dsRNA synthesis; other contemporary techniques.

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

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Pathogen-insect
    transmission experiments.
  • Operate
    and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Develop
    or modify standard operating procedures, implement quality control
    measures for experiments.
  • Analyze
    data; summarize results, discuss and finalize research progress reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge
    of the concepts, principles, and techniques of the subject discipline.
  • Familiarity
    with relevant literature, help design experimental workplans, lab notebook
    upkeep, and data collection.
  • Knowledge
    of modern research methods and ability to follow protocols, data
    collection, and notebook/record keeping.
  • Knowledge of molecular biology
    techniques for working with DNA and RNA, sterile technique, primer design,
    molecular cloning, sequence analyses.
  • Skill
    analyzing and evaluating data.
  • Ability
    to write reports and standard operating procedures
  • Ability
    to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

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

  • Experience with biology and molecular biology concepts, sterile technique, DNA and RNA isolation; molecular cloning/E. coli transformation, primer design and PCR/RT-PCR, ddPCR amplification; DNA sequence data analysis.
  • Two years or more lab experience.
  • BS Degree

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 30

Job FTE: .75

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $16.50 - $20.63

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Compensation Guidance

The Rate of Pay Field represents the University of Arizona's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, and internal equity.

The Grade Range Minimum, Midpoint, and Maximum Fields listed below represent a full range of career compensation growth over time in this position and grade. Each unit typically sets starting pay between minimum and midpoint upon hire. The university offers compensation growth opportunities within its career architecture. To learn more about compensation, please review our Applicant Compensation Guide and our Total Rewards Calculator.

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Job Family

Research & Lab

Job Function


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

Number of Vacancies: 2

Expected End Date: 7/11/2025

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Judith Brown

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

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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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