Research Technician--Moorhead

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Research Technician--Moorhead


Vet Med Infectious Diseases

About 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 University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people. The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.

The College of Veterinary Medicine values all members of the university community, recognizing that differences in experience and culture can only lead to a more well-rounded, accepting academic environment. We have an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in our Principles of Community (

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Some nights and/or weekends may be required.

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Athens 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]).

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Research Paraprofessional/Professional





Minimum 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.

Position Summary:

Collection of filarial parasite resources from animal models of infectious diseases (using mosquitos), coordinate how parasites should be shipped (i.e. what media and size of tubes), determine the optimal temperature for shipping (i.e. cold packs, dry ice, etc.), and the proper container size to be used to fill orders received via the NIAID’s BEI resources unit. Employee will track number of orders and quantities of parasites shipped for reporting to the NIH, as well as gathering feedback from “customers” as to the condition of the parasite reagents upon receipt for modification of shipping methods if necessary. Employee will also be responsible for ordering and maintenance of shipping containers and materials. The FR3, in addition to supplying intramural and extramural researchers, performs filarial parasite research, particularly in the area of drug resistance and canine heartworms. Employee, under direction of current RPIIs, RPIII, and graduate students, will perform experiments to facilitate the research portion of the FR3’s mission.

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Sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Lifting up to 40 lbs.

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Credit 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.


Rearing and collection of parasites – follow established operating procedures in maintaining life cycle of filarial parasites for distribution to intramural and extramural filariasis researchers. Animal restraint and phlebotomy. Monitor, using blood tests and harvest yields, the overall status of the filarial parasite production capability. Notify supervisor when yields begin declining and recommend starting of new infections.

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Processing orders that are received via a web-based server from the NIH central ordering facility (BEI Resources). Collating orders to quantify which parasites and the desired life stage of each parasite has been requested. Based on the orders received, prioritize orders based on parasite yield for a given week. Parasites are cycled/maintained utilizing mosquitoes.

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Counting and packaging the appropriate number of microscopic parasitic organisms for shipment. Determining best method of packaging for shipment (caries based on season) cold packs in summer, hot packs in winter, judgment call must be made for spring and fall. Recording of shipment, verification of arrival, logging number of parasites shipped, and record receiving investigator feedback on condition of parasites, and updating the historical log.

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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
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