Research Technologist I

Job description

Job no: 697330
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 08
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Great Lakes Bioenergy Researc Ctr Vprgs 10059425
Sub Area: CT- Clerical Tech.
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Clerical Technical- CT, Agriculture, Research/Scientific, Union
Position Summary

The successful candidate will participate in research, focused on understanding the mechanisms of abiotic and biotic stress tolerance in switchgrass and how those stresses impact feedstock deconstruction and bioenergy conversion. The research will occasionally involve all-day physical activity outdoors and travel to the Kellogg Biological Station in western Michigan. The technician will be expected to organize data collection efforts and coordinate these efforts with a larger team across MSU and at other research universities. For more information, please contact David Lowry at [email protected] Basic Function: Conducts research experiments under the direction of a researcher in order to generate data for support of research projects. Duties and Responsibilities:

Maintain and conduct phenotyping of greenhouse and growth chamber experiments. Organize equipment and supplies. Propagate switchgrass plants through clonal division. Conduct basic molecular and biochemical assays. Follow established procedures for performing tests and assays. Generate and record data for later analysis by other researchers. Assist in compiling test results for future composition of reports, publications, and presentation by other researchers. Operate, maintain, and monitor research instruments and equipment. Order supplies and equipment to build and maintain inventories. Supervise and instruct students in the performance of basic techniques. Monitor and control hazardous and other materials used in laboratory procedures.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in the biological sciences; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in basic research techniques in the specific or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

Desired Skills and Abilities

Previous experience working with plants. Basic knowledge of plant biology and genetics.

Additional Requirements

A valid vehicle operator's license where needed to perform duties of the position. Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Additional Information:

A Current Resume is required A Letter of Interest is required A List of 2 References is required.

Special Instructions

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is a US Department of Energy (DOE) fundedBioenergy Research Centerled by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with Michigan State University as a primary partner. We are developing sustainable biofuels and bioproducts made from dedicated energy crops grown on marginal lands.Our mission is simple: creating biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

Work Hours


Description of End Date

This is a limited-term position funded from date of hire through November 30, 2022, with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Bidding eligibility ends on 4/6/2021, at 11:55 PM

Advertised: Mar 31, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Apr 13, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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Job No:
Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 4/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time