Laboratory Research Technician

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Posting NumberS05023PWorking TitleLaboratory Research 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 websitePosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

M-F, 8am-5pm; Occasional evenings or weekends may be required

Advertised Salary$25,175-$38,000Posting Date07/06/2020Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date07/27/2020Special 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. 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 FamilyFTE1.0Minimum 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 Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in an area of Biology or
Chemistry and laboratory experience through coursework or employment.

This position is funded by external resources and is subject to terminate when funding is no longer available.

Position Summary

This research position is for a laboratory that focuses on infectious disease and genomic technologies. The primary responsibility is laboratory management, including ordering supplies, preparation of media and solutions, and training and overseeing undergraduate workers who prepare media and solutions. There will also be some laboratory work that involves microbe culturing, DNA transformation, preparation of cell extracts, and molecular analysis.

This position is funded by external resources and is subject to terminate when funding is no longer available.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

The candidate will work in a team environment. Demonstrated knowledge in basic biology, math, and laboratory skills. Demonstrated ability to work efficiently, and will be able to train others once the candidate becomes familiar with the techniques. Ability to efficiently communicate, both verbally and written.

Physical Demands

Lift, climb, squat, and kneel, stand/sit for long periods. Work with animals. Wear personal protective equipment and use enhanced biosafety techniques.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?NoIs 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)YesCredit 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.



Preparation of media and solutions. Maintaining inventories of chemicals and supplies. Complying with chemical and biohazard safety regulations.

Percentage of time55Duties/Responsibilities

Work with microorganisms to alter genomes and analyze biomolecules.

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Train undergraduates. Undergrads will be trained to perform basic lab maintenance tasks, such as cleaning glassware and making routine stock solutions.

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Monitor lab equipment and place supply orders using UGAmart. Order chemicals and supplies for lab members. Schedule maintenance when needed for major equipment.

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Communicate with PI about laboratory maintenance issues and ongoing experiments in person or though email and other computer interfaces. Other duties as needed.

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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Resume/CV
    Optional Documents
    1. Cover Letter




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    Posted: 7/7/2020
    Application Due: 1/5/2021
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