For more than 125 years, our faculty members, staff and students have been working to advance the field of insect biology and apply that knowledge to solve problems and improve lives. As one of the top-ranked entomology programs in the country, our work spans the globe and impacts human lives on many levels, influencing a broad range of disciplines including human and veterinary medicine, farming, biodiversity and genomics.
The Department of Entomology's mission is threefold: To pursue studies to understand basic and applied aspects of insect biology; to provide a robust and modern curriculum as part of preeminent undergraduate and graduate programs; and to inform and educate.
The Department is searching for a new team member to conduct supervised research in a laboratory studying the beneficial microorganisms associated with healthy insects. The incumbent will be expected to perform routine research under the supervision of the laboratory PI. Laboratory techniques to be employed will include but are not limited to: collection, culture and sorting of insects, routine dissections, nutritional analyses, DNA and RNA preparation, PCR and gel electrophoresis, DNA sequencing and analysis of DNA sequence data, and other techniques and procedures as necessary. In some cases, in conjunction with other lab members, the incumbent may be expected to contribute to the invention of new experimental procedures to reach a specific research goal, or to troubleshoot existing procedures. The opportunity exists for authorship on primary research articles.
This is a full-time (39 hrs/wk) 12-month term appointment with possibility of extension, dependent on funding and successful performance.
Formal training beyond a HS Diploma of 1 year to 2 years, Associate's degree, 2 years of college coursework or equivalent in Biology, or related Life Science; more than 6 months and less than 1 year experience. Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills. The incumbent should be motivated and an enthusiastic learner, capable of exercising some degree of independence in research within specified bounds. Personable, motivated and enthusiastic about working in a group environment. Ability to work with hazardous chemicals and biohazards. Maintain lab safety protocol and procedures at all times. Research is goal oriented, with the applicant expected to be self-directed and autonomous and achieving defined goals. Ability to lift 10-20 pounds. Must be punctual, reliable and able to occasionally work irregular hours. Applicants should be comfortable with basic computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, and e-mail. Experience in collection of data and comfortable with basic database programs.
The ideal candidate will have some prior research experience with routine laboratory procedures including standard spectrophotometric assays and molecular techniques (DNA and RNA preparation, PCR and gel electrophoresis etc). Experience in manipulation and maintenance of insects preferred. Candidate should have an intellectual interest in interactions between animals and microorganisms. Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and guidelines and prior experience ordering supplies and maintaining a clean and organized laboratory considered a plus. Bachelor's degree in Entomology or related field.
Visa sponsorship is unavailable for this position. This position does not provide relocation assistance.
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