The plant disease ecology lab headed by Dr. Charles E. Mitchell at UNC Chapel Hill is seeking two full- time field assistants to conduct research in the summer and fall of 2018. Assistants will work on a grant- funded project examining the role of the plant microbiome in pathogen transmission. In particular, this project aims to investigate the ecological and evolutionary consequences of interactions among fungi infecting the same host individuals and host populations. Most work will be done in the field, but the position will also include some work in the lab. Work will include surveys of plots for disease symptoms, collecting plant samples in the field, processing plant samples for lab assays, and isolating and culturing fungal pathogens from infected plant material.
a) A valid driver?s license and personal mode of transportation to an off-campus field site
b) Experience conducting field research in ecology
c) Willingness and ability to work early mornings, outdoors in summer heat, and in inclement weather
d) Ability to work well independently and with a team, pay attention to detail, and maintain exceptional communication skills
a) Bachelor?s degree in a relevant field
b) Experience with basic biological wet-lab procedures, especially culturing fungi.
Special Physical and Mental Requirements (ADA considerations): Field work will involve long periods of time spent kneeling and bending over to observe disease symptoms in vegetation.
Hourly rate: $12.20/hr ? Housing not provided.
Start Date: May 14th, 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 16TH, 2018
Job Duration: 5 ? 6 months.
TO APPLY and view the complete job posting, please visit unc.peopleadmin.com and reference position S012294. Be prepared to provide a one-page cover letter, a resume, and contact info for two people who can serve as references.