Research Professional-PLP, Tifton (Ali)

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Posting NumberS04864PWorking TitleResearch Professional-PLP, Tifton (Ali)DepartmentCAES Plant PathologyAbout 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

In 2018, The UGA Tifton Campus began a yearlong Centennial celebration with various events to commemorate its 100th anniversary of providing updated research to the community.

Research is done on a wide range of commodities, including cotton, peanuts, vegetables and turf grass, all of which make agriculture the No. 1 industry in Georgia.

In 2004, a teaching program was initiated and it has been growing ever since. College-level instruction on campus is aimed at undergraduate and graduate-degree level study.

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

40 hours per week with schedule to be determined by supervisor.

Advertised Salary$25,175 - $35,000, based on experience and educationPosting Date03/25/2020Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date05/01/2020Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is located in Tifton, GA, which is approximately 200 miles southwest of Athens, Georgia, 200 miles south of Atlanta, GA and approximately 70 miles north of the Florida line.

Location of VacancyTifton 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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification TitleResearch Paraprofessional/ProfessionalFLSANon-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 Qualifications

Prefer an MS Degree in plant biology, microbiology, plant pathology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology or related area.

Experience in advanced molecular techniques like PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, RPA, LAMP, etc.

The successful applicant will conduct experiments on the development of advanced diagnostic methods for rapid and confident identification of plant diseases due to virus, bacteria or fungus using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies.

Position Summary

The purpose of this new position is to provide operations assistance with plant disease diagnosis studies experiments using a wide range of advanced molecular detection approaches (eg. PCR, reverse transcriptase PCR, real-time PCR, LAMP, ELISA, and/or other contemporary procedures) on plant samples affected by bacteria, fungi, viruses, or nematodes. Research activities will be conducted in the lab, and greenhouse, and research data will be presented in scientific conference and peer-review journals.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

-Knowledge and skill in lab protocols and research
-Knowledge, skill and ability in writing and creating presentations

Physical Demands


Is driving a responsibility of this position?YesIs this a Position of Trust?YesDoes 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.



Research assistance in the lab and greenhouse: Sample collection, DNA/RNA extraction and conduct PCR, real-time PCR, LAMP, ELISA, and electrophoresis, statistic data analysis

Percentage of time65Duties/Responsibilities

Writing and reporting: Make presentation orally or in poster of research results at conferences, and prepare manuscripts

Percentage of time30Duties/Responsibilities

Mentoring student workers

Percentage of time5Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * Do you possess a valid driver's license?
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Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
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    Posted: 3/27/2020
    Application Due: 12/24/2020
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