Program Technician

Fayetteville, AR
Jun 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NCA136P

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Working Title Program Technician

Position Number 15122

Department Entomology

About the University

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

Department Home Page

Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

A combination of molecular and dry lab duties. The technician will be responsible for running the molecular lab, which involves DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, purifications, and preparation for sequencing. Real-time PCR screening of ticks and library preparation for next generation sequencing may be a responsibility in the near future. Molecular lab duties may also include things like ELISA, western blots, and reverse line blots. Dry lab duties will include basic insect and mite curation, database entry, and assisting with a diversity of ongoing projects in the lab.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

Bachelor's degree in entomology, biology, or related fields. Must have molecular laboratory experience.

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in entomology, biology, or related fields, or equivalent molecular laboratory work experience beyond bachelor's degree.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Excellent verbal and written communication skills and meticulous record keeping.
Ability to critically evaluate scientific literature.
Ability to serve as a mentor.
Time management and organization skills.
Thorough understanding of and ability to apply the scientific method.
Ability to understand and adhere to the responsible conduct of research.
Willingness to learn about insects and assist with projects outside of the molecular lab.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division's Office of Affirmative Action at

Physical Conditions The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

Work Schedule M - F, 8 - 5

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building AGRI 322

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate with experience.

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? Yes

Does this position require a background check? Yes

Does this position require a substance abuse test? Yes

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 06/27/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 07/01/2017

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Ashley Dowling

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

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    Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    3. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
    Optional Documents


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