Research Tech III

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Posting NumberS04140PWorking TitleResearch Tech IIIDepartmentVPR-Complex Carbohyd Rsch 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/Department

The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation, and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.

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

M-F some nights and weekends may be required

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with experiencePosting Date10/11/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date10/21/2019Special 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 GradeFLSANon-ExemptJob FamilyFTE1.00Minimum 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 Technician responsibilities will include isolation of polysaccharides and oligosaccharides from plant biomass before and after fermentation by bacteria. The position is responsible for performing glycosyl composition using gas chromatography (GC) and liquid chromatography (HPAEC-PAD). The position also involves purification of biomass fragments for NMR analysis. The Technician will performer NMR experiments and assist the PI with NMR data interpretation. Work also involves expression and purification of polysaccharide hydrolases and the application of MALDI-TOF spectrometric techniques for the characterization of the products of the enzymatic reactions. The position also involves preparation of writing reports, protocol optimization and some method development. The Technician will oversee and train undergraduate students in routine research techniques. The technician will give scientific presentation in internal and external meetings and will assist in the preparation of manuscript for scientific journals.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or CompetenciesPhysical Demands

Sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, lifting up to 20 lbs and carrying up to 20 lbs. – working in laboratory

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.



Perform NMR experiments and assist the PI with NMR data interpretation. The Technician will be able after adequate training to operate complex spectrometers and performer NMR experiments. The Technician will use MNova software to process NMR data and will learn to interpret NMR data for structural characterization of carbohydrates. This involves understanding of NMR spectroscopy, carbohydrate chemistry and cell wall polysaccharide structure.

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Purification of oligosaccharides from plant biomass before and after fermentation by bacteria for NMR analysis. This task involves knowledge of different chromatographic techniques and requires troubleshoot new protocols, evaluating effectiveness and modifying based on analyses.

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Expression and purification of polysaccharide hydrolases in addition to application of MALDI-TOF spectrometric analysis. This task will use sterile cell culture techniques, and protein expression and purification. This task involves application and development of protocols to determine enzymatic activities and understanding of mass spectrometric techniques for structural analysis of products of enzymatic reactions.

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Performing glycosyl composition using gas chromatography (GC) and liquid chromatography (HPAEC-PAD). This task involves application of chemical derivatization techniques and understanding of gas and liquid chromatography. This also involves data analysis, report preparation, attention to detail and meticulous skill to maintain records.

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Oversee and train undergraduate students in routine research techniques. Preparation of presentation for scientific meetings and for contributions manuscript for scientific journals. These responsibilities involve critical thinking and knowledge of the literature in the field.

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      Posted: 10/12/2019
      Application Due: 11/1/2019
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