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Research Assistant

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Please attach a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Research Assistant
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience ($43,000 - $45,000)
Position Number 00106534
Work Schedule Monday - Friday / 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (additional hours as needed, including possible weekends)
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology
Department College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Job City & State Beltsville, MD
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)-Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)-Science & Technology (S&T)-Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) Beltsville Laboratory mission is to provide federal confirmatory diagnostics for regulatory plant pests/pathogens; develop and validate advanced molecular and serological detection methods, and proficiency test (PT) panels for plant pests that threaten U.S. agriculture; evaluate applicability of new, state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies in support of the agency efforts.

Essential Job Duties

The Research Assistant position will work under the supervision of a Section Supervisor to support the APHIS PPQ CPHST Beltsville Lab Diagnostic and Quality Management Team in providing support for the CPHST Beltsville Lab Quality Management System (QMS) and, as needed, confirmatory diagnostics, validation support of biochemical and molecular methods for regulatory plant pests/pathogens. Specifically, the position will receive and log-in diagnostic samples; conduct molecular and serological testing according to the approved work instructions; write and submit diagnostic reports. The position will calibrate or assist calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment; maintain plants in the greenhouse and/or fungal/bacterial cultures as needed; prepare culture media and buffers; perform general laboratory maintenance tasks; operate and maintain specialized equipment such as thermocyclers, ELISA readers, tissue grinders, freeze-dryers, etc. The position will record extensive experimental data sets in official laboratory notebooks and LIMS, enter and maintain data into computer programs, and generate reports.

The position is based at the CPHST Beltsville Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. US citizenship, permanent residency or US employment authorization card (EAD) is required.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The position will track reagents inventories and/or budget expenditures for the diagnostic activities or projects; perform all activities with adherence to the CPHST Beltsville Lab Quality Management System (QMS) and approved Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) or other QM documents in accordance with ISO 17025 laboratory accreditation.

Minimum Education/Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in microbiology or molecular biology, biotechnology, or other related fields plus three or more years of relevant experience.
Departmental Required Skills
  • Documented experience in molecular biology of microorganisms; genomic or plant DNA/RNA extraction; conventional and real-time PCR and Reverse Transcription-PCR analysis; gel electrophoresis; ELISA or other serological methods.
  • Attention to details, good time management and record keeping, and excellent technical skills.
  • Knowledge or experience with good laboratory practices (GLP) and/or quality management system (QMS) principles.
  • Ability to follow planned activities independently; working knowledge of Microsoft Office, good written and oral communication skills.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
  • Master’s degree in microbiology or molecular biology, biotechnology, or other related fields.
  • Knowledge of Access database design and programming.
  • One plus years of experience supporting microbial pathogen diagnostic or relevant research projects.
Required License or Certification

N/A

Special Instructions

Please attach a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

Job Open Date 09/12/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
09/26/2017
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date 10/02/2017
AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Monster.com
    • CareerBuilder.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have (or will you have by date of hire) a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology or molecular biology, biotechnology, or other related fields, with three or more years of relevant experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please briefly describe your experience (if any) in the following areas; molecular biology of microorganisms; genomic or plant DNA/RNA extraction; conventional and real-time PCR and Reverse Transcription-PCR analysis; gel electrophoresis; ELISA or other serological methods.

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents