Research Technician
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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$22,602 - $28,144 annually

Exempt / Non-Exempt



Classified: Regular

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Donna-Rae Marquez

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Position Summary

This position works in the School of Plant Sciences in support of work directed at understanding and limiting aflatoxin contamination and aflatoxin-producing fungi. Primary responsibility is for microbiological and molecular analysis of communities of aflatoxin-producing and closely related fungi in support of large-scale field studies and worldwide development of atoxigenic biological control agents. The incumbent participates in studies to improve biological control of aflatoxin-producing fungi and to analyze fungal populations using microbiological and molecular techniques. Assists in coordinating activities among laboratory personnel and industry and public sector collaborators participating in large-scale experimentation in Arizona, Texas and several nations in Africa. Communicates and compiles data from other participants in both the laboratory at the University of Arizona and at laboratories of collaborators. Incumbent will be required to work with potentially hazardous materials such as toxic chemicals and/or disease causing organisms. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for eligible employees and their spouses and dependents; access to campus and recreational activities; state retirement; and more!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Uses excellent aseptic technique to perform microbiological procedures and analysis of DNA diversity in order to complete experimental protocols. * Participates in scientific data collections, reductions and analyses involving routine procedures characterized by moderate use of independent judgement. * Communicates and coordinates activities of industry personnel and collaborating researchers while accurately logging activities. Assists in the coordination of laboratory personnel. * Maintains detailed records of studies conducted, organizes data, prepares data for computer input and records computer output. * Compiles data and generates computerized statistical data for analytical purposes using software packages; makes preliminary analyses and assists researchers in interpreting the data. * Writes summaries of projects, documenting findings and procedures used and assists in writing reports by conducting literature searches and background research; prepares bibliographies as required. * Operates laboratory and experimental equipment such as microscopes, thermocyclers, pyrosequencers, densitometers, turbidity meters, centrifuges, analytical balances, photometers and spectrometers. Performs minor repairs and makes arrangements for major repairs to be performed. * Assists with maintenance of the laboratory, inventories, and requisitions for supplies. * Trains students and staff in the operation of equipment and/or in the performance of technical procedures. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: * Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline. * Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analyses. * Ability to effectively communicate. * Skill in analyzing and evaluating data.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

Field of study as reference above should be: Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Biology, Agricultural Science, or equivalent field.

Preferred Qualifications

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check

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