Research Technician

Updated: 11 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
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Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Position Overview

The Wagner Lab ( ) is recruiting a research technician for full time employment. Our research team, which is affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and with the Kansas Biological Survey, works at the intersection of plant biology, microbial ecology, and evolutionary biology. Job responsibilities will include (1) technical research support in the lab, greenhouse and field, e.g., independent execution of experiments or assisting other team members; (2) general laboratory support, supervision, and management; and (3) maintenance and organization of a microbial culture collection. Experiments will be set up at the KU Field Station ( ) and there also may be occasional travel to various field sites across Kansas.

The start date is flexible, but ideally June or July 2019. This position is contingent upon funding with a possibility for renewal of up to three years, of additional funding is secured.

The successful candidate must be authorized to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Job Description

50% Technical research support: Grow, water, pollinate, and collect seeds from plants to maintain seed stocks; prepare media, buffers, and reagents; optimize research protocols and keep detailed records of standard operating procedures; execute field and greenhouse experiments, including setup, manipulations, plant phenotype measurements, general data collection, and cleanup; conduct standard molecular biology protocols such as DNA extraction/purification, PCR, and gel electrophoresis; keep detailed research notes; perform other research support duties as needed.

30% General lab support: Order and maintain inventory of common lab supplies; maintain equipment in working order; sterilize supplies as needed; work with team members to ensure compliance with safety regulations; assist in supervision and training of undergraduate students and new team members; perform other lab support duties as needed.

20% Maintenance of microbial culture collection: Maintain supply of microbial growth media; surface-sterilize leaves, roots, and other plant parts; use sterile technique to isolate bacteria and fungi into pure culture; photograph, phenotype, and identify isolates; prepare culture aliquots for cryopreservation; test viability and purity of preserved cultures; maintain database of culture collection; perform other duties related to culture collection, as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail as evidenced by application materials.
  • Demonstrated experience or training in biological research methods.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in the biological sciences.
  • Willingness and ability to work outdoors, sometimes in physically challenging conditions. 
  • Demonstrated experience with sterile technique and microbial culture.
  • Demonstrated experience with standard molecular biology techniques such as DNA isolation, PCR, and gel electrophoresis.
  • Demonstrated experience with growth and care of plants.
  • Demonstrated interest in plant biology, microbiology, and/or evolutionary biology.

  • Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete online application includes a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 professional references as a single PDF file.
    Application review begins on June 4, 2019 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Minimum $44,105

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Limited Term End Date


    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


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