Research Tech

Job description

Posting Details

Posting NumberS05289PWorking TitleResearch TechDepartmentFranklin College Genetics 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/Department

Genetics is the future and the past. The history and the promise of every organism is written in its DNA.

Geneticists are leading one of the major scientific revolutions of humankind, delving into the distant past and providing an unprecedented understanding of the biological world.

Our department offers a supportive and unique training environment across the full spectrum of genetics, bridging the disciplines of molecular genetics, development, genomics, and evolutionary biology.

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

M-F, 8-5

Advertised Salary$28,000-$38,000Posting Date10/13/2020Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date10/19/2020Special Instructions to Applicants

The applicant should have an active Driver’s License.

Location 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

Lab technician experience in nucleic acid research preferred but not required.

Position Summary

The successful applicant will assist a postdoctoral fellow (to be named) in the investigation of the genomes and genetics of AMF associated with the roots of sorghum plants. This will involve DNA preparations, DNA sequencing and, sorghum field scoring.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

DNA preparation, RNA preparation, polymerase chain reaction, DNA quantitation and gel electrophoresis, production of buffers and other reagents, agricultural field sample collection, scoring of plant phenotypes, greenhouse growth of plants

Physical Demands

Lift up to 50 lbs and sit a desk for long periods. Some field research will involve working in the sun for several (3-5 hours) per day for a few weeks each year.

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)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.



Extraction of nucleic acids. Standard protocols published in journals and as trained by senior lab personnel are used to prepare DNA and/or RNA from various plant tissues, microbial samples or invertebrate samples. Such tasks as pipetting, centrifuge operation and careful note taking are expected.

Percentage of time30Duties/Responsibilities

Field sample collection. Plants grown in fields at the UGA Iron Horse Farm will have leaves or other tissues cut off (using scissors) or dug up (using a shovel) and placed in labeled bags. The samples are then washed and frozen prior to extraction of nucleic acids.

Percentage of time30Duties/Responsibilities

Preparation of buffers and other reagents. Using standard lab practices, as established over the last several hundred years, chemical compounds will be mixed to make any of several dozen different types of solutions that will often be autoclaved and stored in labeled bottles.

Percentage of time15Duties/Responsibilities

Polymerase chain reaction. A PCR machine will need to be programmed to perform appropriate cycling for these experiments, which involve tubes containing various pipetted mixtures of DNA or RNA and other appropriate reagents, using standard protocols developed over the last 35 years.

Percentage of time10Duties/Responsibilities

DNA quantitation and gel electrophoresis. Purified DNA or RNA will be quantified on the appropriate equipment in the lab, and will sometimes be analyzed for its size distribution by electrophoresis through agarose gels poured and run in the standard ways used by labs for the last forty years.

Percentage of time5Duties/Responsibilities

Scoring of plant phenotypes. Plants in field or greenhouse will be examined by the naked eye, or sometimes under a microscope, to see what traits they exhibit (for instance, how wide the leaves are or how tall the plant is), and these results will be recorded, often into an excel file. The individual doing this work will need how to use a balance and/or various measuring devices like a yardstick.

Percentage of time5Duties/Responsibilities

Greenhouse growth of plants. Pots already filled with soil by greenhouse staff will have plant seed placed in them and watered. Greenhouse staff will take care of these materials for the most part, but harvesting of tissue and scoring of plant phenotypes will need to be performed by the individual hired for this position.

Percentage of time5Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you possess a valid driver's license?
    • No Response
    • No
    • Yes
Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References with Contact Information
Optional Documents




    Diversity Profile: University



    View more

    Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

    Arrow pointing right
    Job No:
    Posted: 10/15/2020
    Application Due: 1/13/2021
    Work Type: