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 FayÃ¢Â€Â™s group at the USDA Grassland, Soil,
and Water Lab in Temple, TX (
This position is expected to continue until 14 August 2020 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 (
firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 earlier.
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.
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.
Other related functions as assigned, including assisting in other
experiments conducted by collaborating researchers. General lab tasks and
routine equipment maintenance.
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.
Experience in plant propagation, field plot establishment and maintenance,
plant physiological measurements, such as leaf gas exchange, light
interception, and tissue nutrient content.
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.