Job Overview

Summary

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

Provides technical assistance to a research plant pathologist who is examining plant pathogens in the biological control of exotic, highly invasive weeds to better control agricultural environments.  Performs technical microbial analyses on plant and fungi samples to develop knowledge essential to enabling the incorporation of plant pathogens into biological, cultural and reduced-chemical control programs. 

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Duties

Major Duties:

Provides technical assistance to a research plant pathologist who is examining plant pathogens in the biological control of exotic, highly invasive weeds to better control agricultural environments.  Performs technical microbial analyses on plant and fungi samples to develop knowledge essential to enabling the incorporation of plant pathogens into biological, cultural and reduced-chemical control programs.  May use a variety of microbial procedures, and molecular biology, biochemical techniques and protocols on various samples.  Maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment and instruments.  Operates an assortment of laboratory equipment including autoclaves, lyophilizers, centrifuges, homogenizers, and thermal cyclers including a real-time PCR thermal cycler.  Propagates plants for use in greenhouse and field experiments. Records results and collects samples from lab, greenhouse and field experiments, performs various measurements and uses computer software for recording and compiling and summarizing data by graphic and other means. Maintains inventory of chemicals, prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, and safely disposes of waste material, both chemical and biological.  Prepares routine media and solutions by weighing and measuring constituents according to established laboratory methods.  Performs sample sorting or processing for analysis.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations: 

Work greenhouse as needed; Occasional work in field; fieldwork may involve adverse weather conditions. 

Occasionally may need to lift objects that weigh up to 50 pounds.