Research Technician III

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Research Technician III


VPR-Complex Carbohyd Rsch Ctr

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.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

8 am – 5 pm but hours and days could vary based on research.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

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Open until filled:


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Location of Vacancy:

Athens 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]).

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Life Science Technician





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.

Position Summary:

The University of Georgia Complex Carbohydrate Research Center seeks a Research Technician to join a federally funded project involving characterization of microbial surface glycolipids and polysaccharides from microorganisms.
The suitable candidate should be an enthusiastic, motivated person who demonstrate interests in analytical chemistry and biochemistry of carbohydrates and lipids in bacteria, and in microbiology and biochemistry in general, and will be involved in isolation, purification and characterization of bacterial cell glycolipids (e.g., lipopolysaccharides, capsular polysaccharides) and extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) from microorganisms by using various separation and analytical techniques such as extraction, chromatography (SEC, HPLC), gas chromatography, mass spectrometry (e.g., GC-MS, MLADI TOF-MS), and electrophoresis. The candidate will learn how to interpret the data and will be responsible for keeping record of the work in a laboratory book, and for preparing electronic reports (e.g., Excel, Word, etc.). The candidate will also follow all safety protocols and waste management mandated by the UGA Environmental Safety Division. The position is available immediately, and salary is dependent on experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

- Background in biochemistry, chemistry, or related fields.
– Previous laboratory experience.
– Knowledge of microbiology/biochemistry techniques.
– Skills in data analysis.
– Excellent verbal/written communication skills in fluent English; able to work as a team.

Physical Demands:

Normal for laboratory work.

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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.


Isolation of bacterial glycolipids and polysaccharides from microorganisms. Purification and characterization of isolated crude macromolecules. Direct interaction with supervisor and improving and learning new set of skills.

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Maintaining of laboratory book, data processing and preparation of written reports.

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Maintaining the laboratory work space, the small equipment and chemicals and chemical wastes in compliance with UGA ESD regulations.

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