Research Technician - Turfgrass Biotechnology

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Posting NumberS03714PWorking TitleResearch Technician - Turfgrass BiotechnologyDepartmentCAES Applied Genetic Tech CtrAbout 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 websitePosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

M-F, 8-5

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with experiencePosting Date08/12/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date08/26/2019Special 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 Grade052FLSANon-ExemptJob FamilyResearch And LabFTE1.0Minimum 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 QualificationsPosition Summary

The position will produce and analyze turfgrass biotechnology, as part of an overall project on turf development. This will include gathering tissues and establishing tissue cultures, establishment, care, preparation and analysis of the plants; collecting data, keeping and submitting records of materials processed, preparing monthly progress reports; supervision and training of undergraduate students.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Sterile technique and molecular analysis (including DNA isolation, PCR, library preps); plant tissue and cell culture. Plant husbandry.

Physical Demands

Plant and care for turfgrass plants in the greenhouse, including lifting pots and moving pots and soil. Occasional field work.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)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.



Turfgrass transformation and tissue culture, including vector preparation, aseptic technique, media preparation. Molecular analysis (DNA extraction, PCR, hybridization) of transgenic soybean.

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Record-keeping and uploading to project web site as needed.
Data analysis and interpretation.
Preparation of monthly reports, and represent lab in project conference calls.

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Assist with lab and equipment maintenance, including ordering and tracking chemical inventories.

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Care for turfgrass plants in greenhouse (planting, maintenance, tissue harvest).

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Supervision and training of undergraduate students.

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    Posted: 8/15/2019
    Application Due: 11/5/2019
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