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Research Assistant - Plants, Biotechnology and Agronomy

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA
Closing date
Aug 8, 2022

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Job Summary

The Research Assistant (RA) will work in Agricultural Research with the Scientists and graduate students in Plants, Biotechnology and Agronomy. The RA will provide support for research by conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing data and perform operational duties associated with the research like to perform general maintenance work in the Specialty Plants House (greenhouse), Peach research plot and Biotechnology lab. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Duties and Responsibilities

* Assist in procuring laboratory, greenhouse and field materials and supplies
* Conduct experiments, collect and analyze data
* Conduct statistical analysis
* Coordinate research work conducted by graduate and undergraduate students
* Assist in conducting laboratories for undergraduate and graduate courses
* Assist in installation, operation, repair and maintenance of laboratory, greenhouse and field equipment

The above-mentioned duties and responsibilities are representative of nature and level of work assigned are not necessarily all-inclusive



* BS degree in Plant Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Biology, or related technical field
* Knowledge of plant biotechnology, micropropagation, Agronomy, soil sciences, crop sciences, field crop production, and horticultural research
* Knowledge of DNA analysis, PCR techniques, Protein analysis, Secondary metabolite analysis, TLC, HPLC work,
* Minimum six months experience in a Horticultural research & Biotechnology work
* Ability to operate and maintain equipment in a plant biotechnology laboratory
* Knowledge of and experience with statistical packages
* Must have effective written and oral communication skills
* Must be able to work in team environment
* Must have positive attitude
* A valid driver's license and clean driving record

Working conditions

Full time 8 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday; occasional weekend work may be required

Ability to work outdoors and indoors

Physical requirements

* Occasionally lifting and carrying up to 40 pounds; standing, climbing, kneeling
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