Research Specialist
VA Tech - Virginia

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This position is located at the Alson H. Smith Agricultural Research and Extension Center, in Winchester, Virginia. Position requires knowledge of a wide range of laboratory analytical methods and instrumentation to support viticulture, grape pathology, and horticulture programs at the AHS AREC. Plant, soil, and other field samples are collected from experiments and analyzed in the lab for specific physical, biological, and chemical properties, such as flavor metabolites, nutrient composition, organic acids, and plant pathogens, depending on the nature of the research. Specific methodology and instrumentation may include RT-PCR, qPCR, gel electrophoresis, GC, HPLC, photo-spectroscopy and titration using automated equipment. Results are provided to principal scientists in a timely manner. Reagents and standards are stocked and kept current; equipment is maintained and calibrated as necessary; and methods are obtained, developed and refined as necessary for precision and reproducibility. The successful candidate to this position will also train and supervise students and wage employees in the proper use of lab equipment. They may also be expected to assist supervisors in field data collection as time and needs dictate.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, environmental science or related field of study; or, combination of education and experience; Training using PCR, HPLC, UPLC or other molecular and/or analytical procedures and instrumentation; Training or demonstrated experience in Good Lab Practices (GLPs); Experience with Microsoft Office or similar software used for data handling; Experience with routine calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment, trouble-shooting equipment problems with company representatives, and developing, implementing and/or improving laboratory procedures; Excellent interpersonal skills; Ability to work independently with a high degree of self-motivation; Excellent problem solving and communication skills; Must be willing, on occasion, to work on weekends or beyond regular work hours.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's Degree in applicable field; Additional training or work experience in molecular biology, agricultural research, scientific writing as through published research papers, familiarity with SAS, Sigma Plot or other statistical analysis and plotting software.

Special Requirements

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