|Vacancy Type||EHRA Non-Faculty|
|Is Internal Transfer Only||No|
|Working Title||Research Assistant|
|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)|
|Full Time Equivalent (FTE)||1.00|
|Department||111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology|
|Department||Entomology and Plant Pathology|
|Job City & State||Beltsville, MD|
|Primary Function of Organizational Unit|| |
The USDA-APHIS-PPQ-S&T CPHST Beltsville Laboratory 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 applicability of new, state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies in support of the agency efforts.
|Essential Job Duties|| |
Project Title: Development and validation of advanced methods for detection and identification of plant quarantine pathogens.
The Research Assistant will work under the general supervision of a Team/Project Leader to support the APHIS PPQ CPHST Beltsville Lab projects on developing and validation of molecular methods for diagnostics of regulatory plant pests/pathogens. As directed, the incumbent will conduct activities on high-throughput sequencing (HTS) and the development, evaluation, optimization and validation of molecular assays for identification of Oomycetes, or fungi. A fully trained candidate will be expected to be able to carry out high quality DNA extractions, prepare amplified template libraries for high-throughput sequencing, carry out DNA sequencing on Sanger, and on HTS DNA analyzers, check inventory and replenish consumable sequencing supplies, follow SOPs and guidance of supervisors. The incumbent will record details and results of experiments in an official laboratory notebook; enter data into computer programs; write data summary reports. Work duties will also include any combination of the following general laboratory maintenance tasks: cleaning and maintaining glassware; preparing media and reagents; preparing agarose gels; restocking and maintaining supplies; autoclaving; operating and maintaining specialized equipment.
Please note that this position is based at the CPHST Beltsville Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.
|Other Work/Responsibilities|| |
The position will track reagents inventories and budget expenditures for the project; perform all research with adherence to the CPHST Beltsville Lab Quality Management System; and develop or revise work instructions or other QM documents. Complete all required technical, EEO and work safety training.
|Minimum Education/Experience|| |
Master’s degree in plant pathology, microbiology or related field or a relevant Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years of relevant experience, or relevant independent experience and education.
|Departmental Required Skills|| |
|Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education|| |
|Required License or Certification|| |
|Special Instructions|| |
Please attach a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.
|Job Open Date||05/07/2019|
|Anticipated Closing Date|
|Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?||No|
|Proposed Hire Date||06/01/2019|
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.