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Research Assistant - DEPP

Job Description

Posting Number

PG192259EP

Internal Recruitment

No

Working Title

Research Assistant - DEPP

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday / 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (occasional longer work days or Saturday, in case of emergency))

Job Location

Beltsville, MD

Department

Entomology and Plant Pathology

About the Department

The Plant Protection and Quarantine Science and Technology (PPQ-S&T) – Plant Pathogen Confirmatory Diagnostics Laboratory’s (PPCDL) 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 the applicability of new, state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies in support of the agency efforts.

Essential Job Duties

The Research Assistant will work under the project title: Quarantine Plant Pathogens Reference Material and Methods Development and Validation in support of APHIS PPQ safeguarding mission.

The Research Assistant will work under the general supervision of a Team/Project Leader to support projects on developing and validation of molecular and biochemical methods for the detection and identification of plant pests/pathogens, as directed. 

Work duties will include, but are not limited to the following: 
  • Conducting experimental (bench) work according to the work plan, recording and reporting results in writing or orally to the Project lead, operating and maintaining lab equipment; 
  • Maintaining greenhouse plants, and laboratory maintenance tasks as following: 
  • Cleaning and maintaining general lab areas and labware; 
  • Preparing media and reagents; autoclaving.;
  • Tracking reagents inventories and budget expenditures for the project; purchase reagents and supplies; schedule and organize FedEx/UPS shipments;
  •  Performing all research with adherence to the S&T PPCDL Quality Management System.
  •  Completing all required technical, EEO, and work safety training.

The position is based at the APHIS-PPQ-S&T Plant Pathogen Confirmatory Diagnostics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. The incumbent must be a U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the U.S.

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, or a relevant field, or a relevant Bachelor’s Degree with at least three (3) years of experience supporting relevant research.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Ability to plan and follow planned activities independently.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • The candidate must be able to pass a background check.
  • The position is based at the PPCDL in Laurel, MD. US citizenship, permanent residency, or US employment authorization card (EAD) is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Documented experience with basic molecular biology methods (nucleic acid extraction, PCR and RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis and others), and microorganisms culturing techniques.
  • Knowledge of detection & identification of microorganisms, and experience with sequencing and sequence analysis.

Required License(s) or Certification(s)

N/A

Valid NC Driver's License required

No

Commercial Driver's License required

No

Job Open Date

12/02/2022

Anticipated Close Date

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Position Number

00109803

Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)

1.00

Appointment

12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?

No

Department ID

111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology

AA/EEO

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 are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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.

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