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Research Technician II

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

Posting Number: req7151

Department: Environmental Science-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

You'll be a Carini Lab Research Technician II in support of our soil Bradyrhizobium research projects. Your research will help characterize the physiology of soil Bradyrhizobium to resource stresses that are common in arid lands. Your work may lead to the development of microbial inoculants that have better in-field success rates in arid ecosystems or new strategies for using soil microbes to curb land degradation.
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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

  • You'll work with us to grow Bradyrhizobium cultures from
    frozen stocks. You'll extract nucleic acids, use molecular tools including
    PCR to identify strains, and prepare DNA for genome sequencing (Sanger and Illumina). You'll participate in
    analysis of the resulting Sanger or Illumina sequence data. You'll set up
    intermediate-to-complex experiments to investigate how soil Bradyrhizobium
    respond to resource limitation through growth assays, transcriptomics, and
    metabolomics. You'll work with Bradyrhizobium mutant libraries to help us
    identify genes that are required for survival under a variety of conditions.
    You'll be directly involved in analyzing the data collected from these
    experiments and will be involved in preparing the resulting manuscripts. This
    position is funded for 1 year with the possibility to extend contingent on
  • Your work will be part classic bacteriology (culturing, physiology), part
    molecular biology (DNA extractions, PCR), and part molecular genetics
    (working with mutant libraries). Additional experience with the computational
    analysis of genome sequences in programs like R or anvi'o would be helpful
    but is not required. Thus, you'll benefit from having a broad mix of
    microbiology experience.
  • You can expect to grow in your lab skill toolbox, versatility, and ability to
    think about complex data in your time with us.
  • You can expect us to be an
    inclusive group who'll support you in your growth, rise to challenges with
    you, and grow alongside you. But you won't have to do it all-heroics aren't
    necessary! Yes, we want to be proud of working with you to produce top-notch
    science, but we also want to be kind, considerate, fair, flexible, and calm.
    We care about how you develop as a scientist and as a person. To this end, we
    use science-based intentional mentoring approaches to help you achieve your
    project and career goals. This includes biannual review guided by your
    individual development plan, assessment of your professional goals, and charting
    your growth toward them. You'll be involved in selecting an
    undergraduate that will work alongside you, under your mentorship, to
    accomplish the project goals.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's of Science degree or four years post-graduate experience in microbiology or a related field like genetics or molecular and cellular biology

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: 14.42

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

Contact Information for Candidates

Linda Heffernan

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please submit an application package that speaks directly to this position. There are no 'right answers,' ready-made expectations, or minimum requirements to apply.

  • Please don't send your transcripts or fret about them-your grades (good or imperfect) are not you.
  • If you think you can do the job, we'd like to see your application. Show us your role in the Carini Lab's future and Carini Lab's role in yours. Tell us your story. Address some of the work we do. Introduce yourself as a colleague. Give it a deep think and take this at your speed. We're giving you our full attention. We're accepting applications until November 7, 2021 There's no benefit to rushing through this or writing a novel. Keep it sharp, short, focused, and get across what matters to you.

  • Next: We expect to take up to three weeks to review all applications. You'll hear from us by mid-November about advancement to the next stages. We aim to make an offer with a start date of December 6, 2021.

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 an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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