Research Technician

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Posting NumberS03341PWorking TitleResearch TechnicianDepartmentFranklin College Microbiology DepartmentAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/DepartmentCollege/Unit/Department website TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

Monday through Friday, 8-5. Occasional nights or weekends may be required.

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with ExperiencePosting Date06/12/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date07/01/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitleResearch Paraprofessional/ProfessionalPay GradeFLSAJob FamilyFTE100Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

• Minimum of two years prior laboratory experience or a graduate degree in a relevant field is preferred.
•The research involves common microbiological and molecular biological techniques including strain propagation on agar slants, DNA cloning, cell transformation, DNA sequencing, PCR, Western blotting, etc. as well as operation of computer-driven data acquisition systems.

Position Summary

This position will serve as technician for a genetics/molecular biology lab; to independently conduct experiments as defined in the research plan and to serve on a research team working on chromatin structure and function in the model fungus N. crassa and on a second project to develop anti-fungal drugs.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

•Superior interpersonal skills
•Superior organizational and time management skills.
•Highly competent in molecular biological and/or biochemical methods; skills with nucleic acids and proteins desirable.
•Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others at different universities, and apply critical thinking and sound judgment.
•Ability to manage laboratory inventory and records.
•Editorial skills for preparation of reports.
•Although not routine, willingness as needed to work with/be exposed to hazardous materials such as radioactive materials, infectious materials, and/or hazardous chemicals is important.
•Knowledge of computers and software applications.
•Knowledge of standard computer software packages for data analysis and presentation, and on-line literature search engines.
Efficient in both verbal and written communication in English.

Physical Demands

Lift, climb, squat, and kneel. Stand/sit for long periods. Will work with animals. Will wear personal protective equipment and use enhanced biosafety techniques.

Is driving required to perform essential duties outlined in this position? (This does not include infrequent trips) The successful candidate would have to provide proof that s/he has a valid driver's license when offered employment.Does this position have financial responsibilities?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



General Lab Duties
•Prepares the schedule for lab community chores by students, staff, and postdocs for completion.
•Schedules and monitors utilization of laboratory facilities, equipment, and supplies.
•Monitors equipment and instrument performance; obtains necessary maintenance and repair.
•Coordinates ordering and maintains stock of laboratory supplies.
•May provide technical direction to new lab members and student workers.
•Monitors work in progress to ensure accomplishment is timely and in accordance with reasonable methods and standards.
•Instructs others in routine laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques and provides technical guidance and direction as required.

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•Maintains records of strain collections and durable long-term reagents such as antisera.
•Independently sets up and monitors experiments in progress.
•Identifies, troubleshoots, and corrects or recommends solutions to problems associated with experimental design; methods, procedures, and techniques; or equipment and facilities.
•As necessary, develops and/or implements new or modified research methods, procedures, and techniques to meet the unique requirements of assigned research problems.

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Data Collection/Preparation
•Collects, analyzes, and interprets data resulting from experimentation.
•Performs literature searches to develop information of relevance to the research.
•Prepares appropriate and understandable representations of data such as sequences, graphs, charts, etc.
•Participates in the preparation of reports and presentation of the research findings.

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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Resume/CV
    Optional Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Other Documents #1




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    Posted: 6/13/2019
    Application Due: 8/12/2019
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