Ecology Research Field Technician (Mitchell Lab)

Job description

Position Type:

Temporary Staff (SHRA)

Job Title:

Ecology Research Field Technician (Mitchell Lab)

Department Name:

Biology - 318200

Vacancy ID:


Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Hiring Range:

$15.00/per hour


Full Time

Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm

Proposed Start Date:


Estimated Duration of Appointment:

2 months or less

Posting Open Date:


Posting Close Date:


Description of Work:

Assist with research on plant disease ecology in field, and occasionally lab, settings. The research technician will work on a grant-funded project examining the role of the plant microbiome in pathogen transmission. Specifically, the technician will be responsible for conducting experimental inoculations with foliar pathogens and for collecting field data on foliar pathogens. Most work for this position will be performed in the field, lab and greenhouse. Specific duties include inoculating plants with fungi, conducting vegetation surveys of foliar fungal pathogens, management of data collected from surveys, collection of plant and fungal samples from the field, and culturing of fungal pathogens from infected plant material. The research technician should be able to 1) work independently under minimal supervision and with other team members, 2) work accurately and efficiently, and 3) maintain exceptional communication skills with the research team over the course of daily activities.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Education and Experience:
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Willingness and ability to work early mornings and outdoors daily in the summer is required, in addition to familiarity with general research procedures. The capacity to communicate and work well with others as a team is also essential. Employee must be able to secure transportation to an off-campus field site (Duke Forest) on a daily basis, in addition to working at the on-campus lab when necessary.

Preferred Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or experience in a relevant field. Research experience on the transmission of plant disease is strongly preferred, as is experience working in a greenhouse setting. Experience conducting ecological research, especially in the field. Demonstrated experience working in outdoor conditions for extended periods of time is a plus.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:

Capacity and willingness to conduct outdoor field work during the daytime hours of summer. Field work can involve long periods of time spent kneeling into vegetation for surveys. Work is expected to be continued through periods of inclement weather (i.e. rain) that do not pose a health risk.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Special Instructions :

To apply, requires a resume, one-page cover letter, and contact info for at least two people who can serve as references.

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Job No:
Posted: 5/3/2021
Application Due: 5/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time