Research technician, switchgrass ecology and genomics

We seek an energetic, motivated research technician to participate in experiments on the ecology, physiology, and genomics of switchgrass. This is an opportunity to participate in integrative research studying the genetic basis of ecological processes in an important native grass species. The position will be administered through the University of Texas at Austin and stationed with Philip Fay’s group at the USDA Grassland, Soil, and Water Lab in Temple, TX ( This position will initially be for 6 months with possible extensions based on job performance, progress towards research goals, and new funding acquisition.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Direct any questions about the position to Robert Heckman ([] Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Start date is negotiable, but preference will be given to applicants who are available by mid-June.
Additional Information
Purpose of position
The research assistant will work on experiments studying switchgrass ecology, physiology, and genomics. The position will involve a combination of plant propagation and greenhouse work, the completion of field experiments, and lab processing of field samples.
Essential functions
Assist in the establishment, maintenance, and completion of switchgrass field experiments. Assist in the collection, processing, and analysis of plant samples harvested from field experiments. Utilize a variety of scientific instruments to collect data from field experiments. Lab processing of fields samples and greenhouse work. Collect, maintain and analyze research data. Maintain physical structures associated with switchgrass experiments. Assist in the curation, distribution and analysis of data arising from research.
Class “C” Operator’s Driver’s License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver’s License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.
Marginal/Incidental functions
Other related functions as assigned, including assisting in other experiments conducted by collaborating researchers. General lab tasks and routine equipment maintenance.
Required qualifications
BA or BS degree in ecology, biology, agronomy, or related field. Must have passed laboratory or research skills courses related to degree. Must possess an independent, organized, and motivated attitude.
Preferred qualifications
Experience in plant propagation, field plot establishment and maintenance, plant physiological measurements, such as leaf gas exchange, light interception, and tissue nutrient content.
Working conditions
May work in all weather conditions. May work in extreme temperatures. May work around standard office conditions. May work around chemicals. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Use of manual dexterity. Climbing of stairs. Climbing of ladders. Lifting and moving. Field work may require lifting and moving supplies/equipment weighing 50 pounds.