Research Assistant

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

Research Assistant


UNT-Biological Sciences-121100

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Department Summary:

The BioDiscovery Institute delivers research solutions to underpin the utilization of biosystems for production of food/feed, polymers, construction materials, bioactive molecules, and biofuels. The institute operates through a pipeline linking sustainable plant production platforms, metabolic engineering and the development of new materials. The institute touts a multidisciplinary team of researchers committed to collaborating on large research projects with an emphasis on application of findings and solutions to meet market issues and needs. UNT is a student-focused research university with an emphasis on sustainability, UNT is the nation’s 25th largest public university, and is committed to serve its 44,000 students while powering the North Texas region through innovative education and research.

Position Overview:

The Research Assistant will assist on a project aiming to improve oil content in a promising alternative source of jet-fuel, pennycress. More specifically, the employee will work within a team of 3-4 members and will be responsible for growing pennycress plants, daily hand-pollination and tagging of new flowers, and collecting embryos at different developmental stages. Additionally, the research associate will assist with metabolite and RNA extractions. This work is part of a larger collaborative project funded by the US Department of Energy.Finally, the research assistant will manage several aspects of the research lab, such as but not limited to ordering supplies, general lab organization and safety.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with major course work in the field of assignment, and two years related experience; or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

 Knowledge of scientific research techniques, methods and procedures.
 Working knowledge of equipment used in related fields of research.
 Considerable knowledge of health, safety, and security precautions in keeping with type of research being done.
 Ability to set up and operate research instrumentation and equipment. Ability
to make accurate assays and to prepare reports, charts, or graphs on results.
 Ability to work effectively with fellow researchers, staff members, faculty, supervisors and students.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications: * Prior experience working with plants is desirable. * Attention to detail and excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills are desirable.

Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm

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Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Research Assistant

Physical Requirements:

Carrying, Cleaning, Lifting up to 25 pounds, Reaching, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Writing, Ability to communicate


Effective Planning






Operates research instrumentation and equipment.


Makes and records observations and measurements.


Maintains & collects plant samples.


Manages several aspects of the Alonso Lab

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Job No:
Posted: 6/5/2021
Application Due: 9/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time