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Research Support 1

(Field/Laboratory Research Assistant)

Parma Research & Extension Center

Open for Recruitment:  February 24, 2012 - Open until further notice
Announcement #:  24101032230
Pay Rate:  $8.50-$10.00+DOE
Full or Part Time:  To Be Determined
Location: Parma Research & Extension Center

This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

Materials Required:
    Online Application
    Job References
    RS1: Field/Lab Research Assistant PREC

Department/unit within Division: CALS

This position is available on a continuing basis (contingent upon funding) to assist in the establishment and maintenance of field, laboratory, and/or greenhouse experiments and assist with data collection from experiments. May require the ability to work flexible schedules and/or occasional overtime.

 RESPONSIBILITIES:  (% of Time, Essential/Marginal)
Contributes to program by: (70%, E)
Helping establish research experiments, which may include the following: labeling, flagging, and staking; maintaining research plots and greenhouse experiments to enable accurate treatment application and data collection; assisting with planting, hoeing, raking, mowing, irrigating, and other duties relevant to plant or crop production.

Performing general laboratory duties by:  ( 20%,M)
Transferring nematode cultures, preparation of culture media, and/or washing dishes; accurately and neatly recording information from experiments, which may include accurately entering data into computers or retrieving data from remote data loggers.

Contribute to team effort by: (10%, M)
Working as a team member; having the ability to work with others and follow instructions.
**Due to job requirement, applicants must be at least 18 years of age.**

Must possess:  valid driver’s license and ability to drive a UI vehicle (pass driving record check and defensive driving course); good written and oral English communication skills.

Willingness and ability to:  work with and without direct supervision; listen carefully and follow instructions accurately; be prompt and organized; drive to field work sites with some overnight travel a possibility; work flexible and/or overtime schedule when the workload dictates; occasionally work with toxic, volatile, corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances following strict safety rules.

Physical ability to:  constantly position oneself to perform functions of this position in the field, laboratory and/or greenhouse; move continuously throughout the shift in the fields, laboratory and/or greenhouse; work effectively with plant and soil materials that may contain pollen, dust or other irritants; lift and carry/move field, laboratory and/or greenhouse items weighing up to 40 lbs; work in outdoor weather conditions.

**Employment may be contingent upon satisfactory results of a criminal background and/or driving record investigation.** 


Education: B.S. or High School Diploma with 4 years’ experience.
Experience in:  scientific principles and conducting laboratory experiments; working on a farm including operating farm equipment; and working in a greenhouse.
Knowledge of:  basic scientific and hypothesis-testing principles; standard crop production methodology; one or more of the following disciplines: biology, botany, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, chemistry, or physical sciences; basic PC computer software programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
Demonstrated ability to:  perform a variety of specialized tasks and techniques specific to the needs of the position; work in a cooperative manner and be an integral team member; keep accurate records; perform tasks with diligence and accuracy; operate, maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, and resolve basic problems with instruments and farm equipment; follow good safety practices.


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