The Research Technician will be expected to maintain and conduct experiments with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal in vitro colonies. The individual will grow AM fungi with transformed carrot roots, lettuce seedlings, and other plants on petri plates filled with minimal media agar. The individual will need to make, sterilize, and pour plates with minimal media agar and various nutrient treatments, maintain AM fungal colonies of Rhizophagus irregularis on petri plates, and set up experiments manipulating nutrient contents. Experiments will be imaged using a Nikon dissecting microscope and analyzed using Nikon Elements software and/or ImageJ. Further downstream analyses could include nutrient analyses of agar content, dissection of hyphal structures, qPCR of active fungal genes, and the addition and tracking of labeled or otherwise tagged nutrients. In addition, the Research Technician will initiate and maintain the project web page, promote the project via twitter, and supervise undergraduate volunteers also working on the project.
Required qualifications: Bachelors degree, at least 1 year of research experience
Desired qualifications: minimum of 6 months full time work in a laboratory (academic or industrial). In addition, the candidate should have experience with sterile technique; working with dissecting and compound microscopes; and experience identifying AM fungal spores, identifying AM fungal hyphae, extracting AM fungal spores would be preferred.
The Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology within the College of Arts and Sciences seeks a Research Technician to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.
The pay range for this job profile is $13.89 - $18.51. The offer for this position will fall within this range based on internal equity, unit's available budget, and the candidate's qualifications.
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