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Insect Rearing Technician

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

This position reports to the Urban Pest Management Specialist and will be responsible for feeding and maintenance of laboratory bed bug, cockroach, and ant populations, as well as laboratory (and laboratory vehicle) maintenance, cleanliness and organization. Duties include but are not limited to: bed bug, cockroach and ant colony maintenance; preparation of insect colonies for research bioassays; participation and leadership in field research (many overnights); and assisting in graduate student research. Applicants must also enjoy interacting with the public and have a willingness to work in bed bug and cockroach infested structures. Applicants must be able to work in high allergen environments due to daily exposure to cockroaches and bed bugs.

Required Qualifications

Applicant must have basic computer skills for using Windows software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Applicants must be able to work in high allergen environments due to daily exposure to cockroaches and bed bugs.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred applicants will have experience working in multi-unit housing with pest management professionals and housing residents.

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Dini Miller at dinim@vt.eduduring regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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