Peanut Genetics Research Assistant - Tifton (Ozias-Akins)

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Peanut Genetics Research Assistant - Tifton (Ozias-Akins)


CAES Horticulture

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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 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:

In 2018, The UGA Tifton Campus began a yearlong Centennial celebration with various events to commemorate its 100th anniversary of providing updated research to the community.

Research is done on a wide range of commodities, including cotton, peanuts, vegetables and turf grass, all of which make agriculture the No. 1 industry in Georgia.

In 2004, a teaching program was initiated and it has been growing ever since. College-level instruction on campus is aimed at undergraduate and graduate-degree level study.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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40 hours per week

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. is the normal work week, but final daily schedule will be determined by the supervisor.

Advertised Salary:

$25,175.00 - $38,233.00 Commensurate w/ education, experience and training

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include contact information for three references when submitting your resume’.

This position is located in Tifton, GA, which is approximately 200 miles southwest of Athens, Georgia, 200 miles south of Atlanta, GA and approximately 70 miles north of the Florida line.

Location of Vacancy:

Tifton 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]).

Classification Title:

Agriculture/Forestry Technical/Paraprofessional/Professional



Job Family:

Research And Lab



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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree is preferred; however, will consider an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Position Summary:

The incumbent will assist researchers and technicians with research on genetics and genomics in peanuts. Specific responsibilities will include crossing and reproductive analysis of multiple genotypes, developmental stages, and disease states. Observational and computer skills are essential.

This position is grant-funded for 2 years. While the continuation of funding and employment is anticipated, it is not guaranteed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Knowledge of HazMat and/or radiation safety procedures

Skilled working in lab/research setting

Knowledge of working with DNA

Physical Demands:

Work outdoors, in greenhouses, and in the lab

Lift lightweight materials


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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.


Planting and harvest – Primarily consists of manual planting of small plots for replicated tests in the field. Seeds may be germinated in the greenhouse for transplanting to field

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Data collection – will consist of molecular assays in the laboratory (DNA extraction and PCR); measurement of plant characteristics in greenhouse and field – morphological, reproductive, disease responses

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Data analysis – entry of data into spreadsheets, data sorting, data processing – all computational

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Crossing – male and female plants grown in a greenhouse. Females are emasculated in late afternoon and pollinated in the early morning (this requires patience and conscientiousness to ensure all anthers are removed without damaging flower and that pollen is transferred to stigmas – greenhouse)

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Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 7/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time