Research Assistant - DEPP

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Research Assistant - DEPP

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Entomology and Plant Pathology

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, berry crops and grapes 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 are not limited to: Conducting molecular pathogen testing (mainly viruses) by RT-PCR and real time PCR for sweetpotatoes, berries, grapes and other crops as needed. Collecting and maintaining detailed records of virus testing data needed for preparation of reports. The Research Assistant will develop and improve new and existing protocols for virus testing. The successful candidate will also manage daily operations in the lab, as well as maintain equipment and purchase supplies. The position will also maintain up-to-date lab safety plan.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Relevant Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Plant Biology, Horticultural Science, Plant Science, Plant Pathology, or a related field with at least 3 years of relevant experience.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding and experience using lab equipment for molecular detection of plant pathogens in the lab.
  • Ability to follow protocols for molecular detection techniques.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to 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 molecular lab testing to detect plant viruses.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled. .

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • In addition to your application please submit a CV, cover letter, and the contact information for three (3) professional references.

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: 3/31/2021
Application Due: 5/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time