Biological Scientist I

Immokalee FL
Aug 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:

Biological Scientist I

Job Description:

Conducts research to support the Soil Microbiology program at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, FL.  The incumbent will assist in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of technical duties in the laboratory, in the greenhouse, and in the field.  Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing, maintaining and monitoring experimental trials in the laboratory, greenhouse and field; collecting, processing, storing and maintaining soil samples from field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments (30%)
  • Conducting various standard and specialized microbiology and molecular biology laboratory procedures such as DNA/RNA extraction/purification/quantification, gel electrophoresis, PCR and quantitative PCR, cloning, culturing; maintaining specialized scientific or other equipment in and outside the laboratory; preparing microbiological media and chemical solutions; maintaining written and digital laboratory notebooks, maintaining laboratory in a way that work can be accomplished safely and efficiently (40%)
  • Recording, analyzing and summarizing data and preparing graphs and tables using standard or specialized software (10%)
  • Assisting in the preparation of written reports and publications and reviewing literature pertinent to the research area as deemed appropriate by the P.I. (10%)
  • Assisting with any related duties required, including purchases of supplies and services as determined by the P.I. May also be required to visit fields off-site which will require driving a University vehicle (10%)

Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.  This position will require work under harsh conditions, such as high heat and humidity, outdoors or in a greenhouse for prolonged periods of time.  This position requires standing, walking, or bending for extended periods of time.  You will be required to lift moderately heavy objects for short periods of time. 

Advertised Salary:

$35,000 annually, salary commensurate with education and experience

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Biology or other life science

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles, and techniques used in biological research

Knowledge of basic principles of microbiology and/or soil sciences

Knowledge of agricultural production systems such as citrus and vegetables

Knowledge of standard laboratory practices

Skill in various standard laboratory procedures such as pipetting, DNA extractions, PCR, gel electrophoresis, bacterial/fungal culturing, maintaining detailed records from experiments

Skill in various specialized laboratory practices such as quantitative PCR, next generation sequencing

Ability to process large numbers of samples in an adequate time frame

Ability to use computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and statistical analysis software such as R or SAS

Knowledge of principles of statistics and experimental design

Ability to plan and coordinate research assignments effectively

Ability to adhere to safe laboratory and other practices

Ability to work independently

Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

Ability to establish an effective working relationship with others

Ability to follow rules and regulations

Special Instructions to Applicants:

 In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter, resume, and the contact information for a minimum of three references to include phone number and e-mail address.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (EDT) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: Yes