OPS Greenhouse and Field Technician

Location
Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Posted
Nov 20, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 513775
Work type: Temp Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine, Research/Scientific/Grants
Department:60080000 - AG-AGRONOMY

Advertised: 19 Nov 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 31 Dec 2020 Eastern Standard Time

Classification Title:

OPS Greenhouse and field technician

Job Description:

The Crop Biotechnology lab at University of Florida, headed by Fredy Altpeter is seeking candidates who are efficient in multi-tasking and time management, work well with others, pay attention to detail, are experienced with greenhouse and field research, have a desire to learn new skills. The candidates will support sugarcane, energycane and sorghum biotechnology research involving management of plant growth facilities and/or field experiments. The position requires working 40 hours per week, which includes some weekends. We are looking for individuals with exceptional performance skills, such as: self-motivation, attention to detail, honesty, dependability, adaptability, must be able to lift 50lbs. These openings are within the OPS employment category at the University of Florida and details on the type of employment and benefits can be found here http://hr.ufl.edu/working-at-uf/new-employees/temporary-employment-ops/

Examples of specific tasks: Transfer of plants regenerated from tissue cultures to soil, collecting and handling samples from greenhouse or field grown plants, monitoring of irrigation, fertilization and temperature control in greenhouses, plant propagation, pasteurization of soil, devitalization of plants by autoclaving, monitoring of pests and diseases in the greenhouse and field, harvesting plots or greenhouse trails, processing samples and recording data, extensive documentation, project review, report preparation, ordering of supplies, monitoring compliance with biosafety regulations.

The research program focuses on designing feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts using the “plants as factories” concept in collaboration with the recently funded U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Research Center https://cabbi.bio/research/feedstocks-theme/

Expected Salary:

$ 12.00-14.00/hour

Minimum Requirements:

B.S. or M.S. in plant science or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience with greenhouse and field research of crops is expected. Training will be provided. We will support J1 visa applications. This work requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English (as demonstrated for international applicants by IELTS score of 5.5 overall or higher or TOEFL iBT: of 69 or higher. Citizens of the following countries are exempt from this requirement https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/international/countries.html). Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

How to apply: Please email your resume, cover letter, and contact information of 3 references as well as US-visa history (what type of visa and when received) to the PI at [email protected]. University of Florida 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.

Initial deadline for application: Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Health Assessment Required:

No

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