Under the direction of the Experiment Station Director, in association with the Lead USDA-ARS Geneticist in the breeding program, the technician will work as part of a collaborative team on rainbow trout selective breeding for improved aquaculture traits. Efforts will involve a combination of molecular genetics/genomics laboratory work, fish husbandry/rearing and occasional student training.
Technicians must have the ability to work independently but coordinate and communicate well with supervisor and project leaders, staff in the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, and fish producers. There are no supervisory duties associated with the position, however, the position may involve training new technicians and students on laboratory and fish husbandry protocols.
The position requires US citizenship.
Knowledge and experience in molecular biology and animal husbandry are required.
A Bachelor’s degree in a field of science, an Associate’s degree with 1 years’ experience, or 3 years’ experience in a related position.
Demonstrated skills in the following areas:
Knowledge of basic scientific principles achieved through experience or college level courses
Proficiency with computer hardware and software (i.e., Microsoft Excel, Word)
Willingness to learn laboratory techniques and protocols
Ability to perform repetitive tasks while maintaining concentration
Strong attention to detail
Dedicated work ethic
Good interpersonal and communication skills
M.S. degree in field of study
Previous laboratory experience with molecular techniques (e.g., PCR)
Experience with trout husbandry and spawning
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
Physical ability to stand 4-6 hours/day, perform assigned laboratory and fish husbandry duties, and lift and/or otherwise move up to 50 pounds (in cases where feed, fish and equipment need to be moved). Most of the work is performed in a laboratory or office setting. At times, it will be necessary to participate in fish husbandry, feeding, sampling, tagging, spawning, and rearing. Must be able to travel occasionally, by auto and air.