Research Assistant

Dec 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00102059

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Micropropagation and Repository Unit in the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is the National Clean Plant Network center that produces, maintains and distributes to stakeholders high quality, asexually propagated plant material of sweetpotato and berry crops that are free of targeted pathogens and pests that cause economic loss to protect the environment and ensure global competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops producers.

Essential Job Duties: The Research Assistant will independently support, develop, design, and/or execute moderately complex research activities for a single or multiple research projects. Duties of the Research Assistant will include but not be limited to: * Conducting vitro and greenhouse/screen house propagation of sweet potato, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and other crops as needed. * Developing and maintaining detailed records of the status of sweet potato and berry crops genotypes maintained in the repository. * Collecting and maintaining data for research conducted to develop/improve protocols for plant propagation. * Working with other members of the team on planting, harvesting, evaluation, data collection, analysis, and preparation of written reports for sweet potato field trials. * Propagating and maintaining sweet potato and berry crop plants for distribution to North Carolina Sweet potato Certified Seed Growers and nurseries.

Minimum Education/Experience: * Master's degree in Horticultural Science, Plant Science, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology or a related field, or a Bachelor's degree in related field, with 3+ years of relevant experience.

Department Required Skills: * A basic understanding and experience using lab equipment for plant propagation in tissue culture and greenhouse propagation and maintenance of sweet potato, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and other crops as needed. * Ability to work independently. * Collaborate with staff, faculty and students. * Excellent written and oral communication skills. * Proficiency in MS Office, especially WORD, EXCEL and Power Point (or similar software). * Some travel required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Master's degree in Horticultural Science or Plant Science. * Relevant research experience in vitro propagation of plants is strongly encouraged.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: * A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "":http// Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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