Research Technologist I

Location
East Lansing MI
Posted
Mar 07, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

The Lowry Lab and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at Michigan State University is seeking to hire a research technician available to work on a large collaborative project studying adaptation in the bioenergy feedstock switchgrass. The research will utilize new genetic mapping populations to identify genomic regions responsible for adaptation between northern upland and southern lowland ecotypes of switchgrass. These mapping populations have been planted at an unprecedented geographical scale, spanning ten common garden field sites distributed over 17 degrees of latitude, making them ideal for studies of regional adaptations. The technician will be primarily responsible for maintaining and gathering data from the switchgrass common garden located at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS). However, the technician will also travel to field sites in Austin, TX, Columbia, MO, and Lincoln, NE. The research will often involve all-day physical activity outdoors. The technician will be expected to organize data collection efforts and coordinate these efforts with the larger team across the central United States. For more information please contact David Lowry at dlowry@msu.edu. This is a limited term position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in the specific field of research employment or other related field; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in basic research techniques in the specific or related field; word processing, spreadsheet; database and/or desktop publishing software; presentation software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

Previous experience working in field biological research and a basic knowledge of plant biology and genetics would be very desirable.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter

Current Resume

Names and Contract Information for at Least 2 References

Special Instructions

Travel is required. Most work will be conducted at the MSU KBS site; however, travel will also be required to field sites in Austin, TX; Columbia, MO; and Lincoln, NE.

For more information please contact David Lowry at dlowry@msu.edu.

Work Hours

STANDARD 8-5

Description of End Date

This is a limited term position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Bidding eligibility ends on 3/13/2018 at 11:55PM                                                   

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