Research Assistant

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Research Assistant

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday / 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (some evenings and weekends may be required)

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

About the Department:

The Micropropagation and Repository Unit in the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is the National Clean Plant Network center that produces, maintains and distributes to stakeholders high quality, asexually propagated plant material of sweetpotato and berry crops that are free of targeted pathogens and pests that cause economic loss to protect the environment and ensure global competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops producers.

Essential Job Duties:

The Research Assistant will independently support, develop, design, and/or execute moderately complex research activities for a single or multiple research projects.

Duties of the Research Assistant will include but not be limited to:

  • Conducting vitro and greenhouse/screen house propagation of berry crops, ornamental sweet potatoes, muscadine grapes and other crops as needed.
  • Developing and maintaining detailed records of the status of genotypes maintained in the repository and the greenhouse.
  • Collecting and maintaining data for research conducted to develop/improve protocols for in vitro and plant propagation.
  • Working with other members of the team on planting, harvesting, evaluation, data collection, analysis, and preparation of written reports for sweet potato field trials.
  • Propagating and maintaining sweet potato and berry crop plants for distribution to North Carolina Sweet potato Certified Seed Growers and nurseries.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Manage daily operations in the lab.
  • Maintain equipment and purchase supplies.
  • Prepare media and reagents according to state and federal regulations.
  • Maintain up-to-date lab safety plan.
  • Supervise hourly workers.

This incumbent will need to travel off-site alone to observe research and must independently be able to travel from location to location without reliance on others or the advanced notice that is often required of alternative means of transportation.

Minimum Experience and Education:

  • Master’s degree in Horticultural Science, Plant Science, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology or a related field, or a Bachelor’s degree in related field, with 3+ years of relevant experience.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • A basic understanding and experience using lab equipment for plant propagation in tissue culture and greenhouse propagation and maintenance of sweet potato, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and other crops as needed.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Collaborate with staff, faculty and students.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, especially WORD, EXCEL and Power Point (or similar software).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant research experience in vitro propagation of plants is strongly encouraged.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

  • A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled.

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.




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Job No:
Posted: 11/17/2020
Application Due: 1/16/2021
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