Temp Research Technician - Waynesville, NC

The University Of North Carolina Chapel Hill , NC 27516

Posted 1 week ago

We are seeking a highly motivated temporary employee to join the Vegetable and Herbaceous Ornamentals Plant Patholgy Extension program at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. Under general supervision of the principal investigator (P.I.), the technician is expected to provide technical support to extension and applied research aimed at understanding pathogens responsible for diseases of horticultural crops, primarily vegetables, including laboratory, field and greenhouse research.

*Laboratory responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Isolation of plant pathogenic bacteria and fungi from tissue

  • Preparation of growth media

  • Preparation of chemicals and/or inoculum for lab or field use

  • Maintenance of culture collection

  • Preparation of complex growth media

  • Use of molecular techniques involving DNA *Field/Lab responsibilities will consist of:

  • Assisting the P.I. and other lab personnel in the preparation and maintenance of field trials including marking plots, planting, inoculating plants with pathogenic fungi and bacteria

  • Applying pesticides

  • Rating for disease

  • Harvesting

  • Data entry and collection is also expected

  • Providing assistance with cleaning and organizing laboratory facilities to maintain a clean and orderly working environment and to be in compliance with health and safety regulations is mandatory Some weekend work may be necessary, but VERY seldom. Priority will be given to candidates who can commit to working through Oct or Nov 2019. The technician will be expected to drive a state owned truck to research stations, growers' fields or other areas of work. NOTE job location is in Waynesville, NC -Bachelor's Degree and some experience doing fieldwork

  • Organized, professional, self-motivated, able to receive instruction, carry out detailed tasks and able to work well in both independent and group settings

  • Must be able to apply pesticides, wear respirator and other personal protective equipment

  • Ability to drive long distances

  • Ability to conduct repetitive tasks, collect and enter data accurately

  • Ability to work under adverse weather conditions

  • Ability to occasionally lift 50 pounds

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