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Research Technician I (Extended Temporary)

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

Posting Number: req10569

Department: School of Plant Sciences-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.

A position is open for a Research Technician I in the School of Plant Sciences under the direction of Dr. Monica Schmidt. The location is in the Keating (BIO5) building.

Incumbents will be focusing on different facets of plant molecular biology research such as:

1. Isolation, quantification and analysis of genomic DNA

2. Isolation, quantification and analysis of RNA from plant tissue

3. Isolation, quantification and analysis (Western, 1D, 2D gels) of protein from plant tissue

4. Able to grow, maintain and cross healthy plants

5. Sterile media preparation and aseptic tissue culture/transformation of plant material

6. Gene cloning and expression construct construction experience beneficial.

7. General molecular biology methods: restriction digestions and analysis (i.e. electrophoresis)

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


  • DNA and RNA isolation, and QC, from plant tissue.
  • Protein isolation, quantification and analysis from plant tissue
  • Cloning of DNA fragments and validation;
  • Perform restriction digestions and electrophoresis;
  • Prepare all solutions accurately;
  • Maintain labels, and label samples, accurately;
  • Maintain equipment and laboratory cleanliness;
  • Organize samples with care to prevent errors;
  • Use image equipment and interpret data;
  • Operate various types of equipment in a standard molecular biology laboratory;
  • Operate various computer software and informatics tools (windows, unix based command line, MS Office suite, etc );
  • Record data accurately and keep an accurate-complete daily notebook of work;
  • Follow instructions carefully and communicate proficiently in English;
  • Work cooperatively with other members of a team.
  • Be capable to perform other molecular biology methods, quality control and use good organizational skills to work efficiently and productively
  • Perform daily and weekly work independently;
  • Critically analyze data and results to appropriately troubleshoot results.
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained
    through experience may be required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Life Science field
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a molecular biology-related laboratory using techniques as described above.
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques as described above;
  • Experience extracting DNA / RNA / protein from plants;
  • Documented experience in molecular biology techniques and plant transformation/regeneration.

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: 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: 1/15/2023

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Monica Schmidt

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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, 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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