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Research Specialist Soil Water Enviro Sci-Res Staf

Tucson, AZ

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TitleResearch Specialist

DepartmentSoil Water Enviro Sci-Res (2421)

LocationMain Campus

Position Summary

The position is for an Environmental Microbiology Research Specialist with at least 2 years of analytical laboratory research experience and a B.S. degree in Microbiology, or Environmental Science with a microbiology focus. The incumbent will be responsible for microbial and chemical analyses of soil samples, data management and statistical analysis. The position includes assistance with lab management and also field work that requires being out of town for up to a week at a time.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

An Environmental Microbiology research specialist position is available for a scientist with a B.S. in Environmental Science or Microbiology. The incumbent will be assisting with projects focused on plant/microbe interactions and the relevance of soil health to mine waste reclamation, degraded-land restoration and agricultural productivity. The research evaluates impacts of microbial diversity and functional capacity on soil health. The research socialist will be responsible for assisting with and supervising sample collection from a variety of field sites followed by microbial and chemical analysis of soils sampled. The incumbent must have microbiology and molecular biology skills as well as basic analytical chemistry skills. Preference will be given to candidates with strong molecular biology skills including nucleic acid extraction, traditional and quantitative PCR and bioinformatics training. Data analysis skills must include competency with software for spreadsheet management, graphing, and statistical analysis (i.e. Excel, SigmaPlot, Adobe Design, and SAS JMP). Applicants should also demonstrate experience with research presentations at scientific meetings. Experience in field sampling and training for work on hazardous field sites is desirable and the incumbent must be available to travel out of town to assist with field sampling for up to a week at a time.

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Minimum Qualifications

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelors degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

B.S. in Environmental Microbiology
2 years laboratory research experience
Field research experience
Skill with data management and statistical analysis
Molecular biology experience including nucleic acid extraction and qPCR
Candidate will be expected to have a valid drivers license
Experience presenting research at scientific meetings
Bioinformatics (i.e. analysis of sequence data sets)
MSHA training

Full Time/Part TimeFull Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week40

Job CategoryResearch

Benefits EligibleYes - Full Benefits


Posted Rate of Pay$33000 Annually

Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberS24507

Number of VacanciesOne

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Limited to Current UA EmployeesNo

Contact Information for Candidates

Linda Heffernan - **************************

Open Date01/29/2018

Review Start Date02/05/2018

Close Date

Open Until FilledYes

Special Instructions to Applicant

Applicant must supply a CV that includes academic background and in the Cover Letter please explains your research experience

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