Temporary Research Technician

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We are seeking a highly motivated temporary employee to join the Vegetable & Herbaceous Ornamentals Plant Pathology Extension program at the Mountain Research Station. This position is expected to commit to work from May through Oct 2021, although a start date is flexible based on the candidate’s availability. Under general supervision of the principal investigator, the technician is expected to provide technical support to extension and applied research aimed at understanding pathogens responsible for diseases of horticultural crops, primarily vegetables, including laboratory, field, and greenhouse research. Laboratory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, isolation of plant pathogenic bacteria and fungi from tissue, preparation of growth media, preparation of chemicals and/or inoculum for lab or field use, maintenance of culture collection, the preparation of complex growth media, and using molecular techniques involving DNA. Field responsibilities will consist of assisting the P.I. and other lab personnel in the preparation and maintenance of field trials including marking plots, planting, inoculating plants with pathogenic fungi and bacteria, applying pesticides, rating for disease, harvesting fruit, etc. Data entry and collection is also expected. Providing assistance with cleaning and organizing laboratory facilities to maintain a clean and orderly working environment and to be in compliance with health and safety regulations is expected. Some weekend work may be necessary, but VERY seldom.

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Job City & State:

Waynesville, NC


Entomology and Plant Pathology

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Temp Research Tech/Paraprofessional

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Temporary Research Technician

Work Schedule:

8-5 M-F with some flexibility (expected through Oct 2021)

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Minimum Experience/Education:

-Bachelor’s Degree and experience doing fieldwork

Department Required Skills:

-Organized, professional, self-motivated, able to receive instruction, carry out detailed tasks, and able to work well in both independent and group settings
-Must be able to apply pesticides, wear respirator and other personal protective equipment, and drive long distances
-Ability to conduct repetitive tasks, collect and enter data accurately, and work under adverse weather conditions
-Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally
-Ability to express thoughts clearly, both orally and in writing
-Ability to handle sensitive or confidential material in a professional manner
-proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

-Some level of graduate education and more than one year experience in an applied research or extension plant pathology, horticulture, entomology program, or related field
-Experience working with culturing fungi and

Required License or Certification:

-Valid Driver’s License

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Commercial Driver's License Required?:


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Posted: 2/19/2021
Application Due: 5/20/2021
Work Type: Full Time