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Researcher 1 - Plant Science - Research

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Researcher 1, Plant Physiology/Phytonutrient Laboratory


The plant physiology/phytonutrient laboratory in The Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee is seeking qualified applicants for a regular, full-time Researcher 1 position.


Typical work duties of the selected candidate may include:

    Supporting the PI and graduate students in the design, management, and execution of field, greenhouse, and analytical laboratory research projects.Organizing daily technical operations including coordination and allocation of equipment and space. Analyzing samples using laboratory equipment such as GCMS, HPLC, ICPMS, and analytical extraction systems.Maintaining laboratory equipment, cold rooms, and greenhouse systems in good working condition. Analyzing and reporting results.Supervising and training students

The candidate will be involved in a wide range of research activities in laboratory, growth chambers, indoor farms, greenhouses, and field research spaces. The goal of the program is to increase our understanding of plant physiology/biochemistry in order to develop production systems that increase yield, improve nutritional quality, and increase energy efficiency and economic sustainability of specialty crop production systems. This position may require travel to outlying locations (10-15%).


Salary: Commensurate with training and experience

Benefits: Retirement, sick, and annual leave; group health, life and accident insurance, and tuition assistance.


Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Plant Sciences, Biochemistry, or a related field and two years’ plant physiology/biochemistry or analytical chemistry related experience in a research laboratory.


Experience with laboratory equipment for chemical analysis (e.g. GC, GCMS, HPLC, HPLCMS, ICPMS, and analytical extraction techniques) is highly desired. The candidate must possess excellent written and oral English skills, be self-motivated, highly organized, and willing to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students to conduct laboratory, greenhouse, growth chamber, and indoor farm research.


Interested applicants should apply at and attach the following:


    Cover letter - include research experience, interests, and possible start dateCurriculum vitae Three references - include names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses

Application review will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Contact: For additional information, please contact Dr. Carl E. Sams ([email protected]).

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Plant Science - Res
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 1, 2022, 3:14:39 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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