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Field Greenhouse Technician - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (148843)

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location
Champaign, IL
Closing date
Jul 27, 2021

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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

University of Illinois

Field Greenhouse Technician

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You will be a vital part of a team committed to the development of biotechnologies that will be freely available to and will lead to better seeds for poor farmers in sub-Saharan and SE Asia, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We are particularly interested in candidates who will share our commitment to achieving this end.

The incumbent will provide technical support for the daily operation of the greenhouse and field trails. This position requires work at the greenhouse, laboratory, and field.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

15%

Assist with set up, monitoring, scientific measurements, and tear down of field and greenhouse experiments.

20%

Propagation and harvest of transformed material in the greenhouse for seed collection

10%

Monitor weed and pest control of both the greenhouse and field trials and application of pesticides and herbicides as required.

10%

Conduct lab data collection as well as field trials measurements in conjunction with associated researches.

15%

Monitor conditions in the greenhouse including keeping bays clean and sterile to prevent contamination and any pests.

5%

Provide upkeep of the lab are attached to the greenhouse

10%

Dispose of transgenic material according to APHIS permitting requirements..

7%

Organize and store samples/collections in an efficient manner and in accordance with applicable regulations

4%

Supervise undergraduate and other hourly appointments

4%

Other duties as assigned to assist with research/greenhouse operations in the RIPE High-Throughput Phenotyping Facility.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

Required: B.S in Plant Science, Agronomy, Agriculture or related field

Experience:

Required: Demonstrated experience in providing technical support for both the greenhouse and field trials including propagation and harvest or transformed material for seed collection. Previous experience conducting field measurements.

Preferred: Prior experience in greenhouse management and previous research experience in photosynthesis.

Training, Licenses, or Certifications Required:

Required: State of Illinois Restricted-Use pesticide Training and Certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Required: Advanced knowledge of the Federal Plant Pest Act that gives APHIS the authority to make determinations regarding transgenic plant variety containment requirements, as well as knowledge of all required associated permitting and disposal regulations. Advanced understanding of the mode of action of these chemical agents. Strong and effective communications, personal relations, and organizational and leadership skills. The ability to work effectively and cooperatively, both as a team member and independently, with minimal supervision.

Environmental Demands: Greenhouse, laboratory, and field. Ability to work outside, stand, walk, kneel and stoop for extended periods.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Appointment Status: Full-time academic professional, grant-supported appointment renewable annually pending continued funding and satisfactory progress within the position. Qualified individuals will be eligible to receive vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement through the State Universities Retirement System; and group health, dental, vision, and life insurance.

Start Date: As soon as possible after the close date.

TO APPLY: Applications must be received by July 27, 2021. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Interviews may be conducted prior to the closing date; however, a hiring decision will not be made until after the closing date. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details qualifications noted above, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For further information about this specific position, Jacinda King ([email protected]). For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:OVCRI Category:6-Research Title:Field Greenhouse Technician - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (148843) Open Date:07/13/2021 Close Date:07/27/2021 Organization Name:Institute for Genomic Biology

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