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 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–Scientist-Assistant—Temple–Texas–Juenger-Lab-_R_00007566&

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 earlier.

*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.