The Illinois Natural History Survey an hourly technician to conduct molecular genetic research with an emphasis on environmental DNA assay development and data analysis, community metabarcoding, and population genomics. Duties will include collecting and processing eDNA field samples, conducting DNA and eDNA extractions, participating in DNA quantification, plating for multi-locus metabarcoding, conducting PCR and qPCR validation, optimization, and data generation, participating in molecular genetic generation and data management, and contributing to technical reports and manuscripts. This position will be based out of Champaign, Illinois.
Salary: Starting salary is $15 per hour; up to 40 hours per week for approx. 15 weeks of summer, with potential for 20 hours per week for the academic year. The estimated start date is May 9, 2023.
Must be working towards or have obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resources, or related field. Must have some experience working in wet labs. Experience or coursework in genetics is preferred. Must have a valid drivers license.
To Apply: To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2023. If interested, please submit via email a letter detailing qualifications above, resume/CV, and the names and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Mark Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Reference “2023 eDNA Tech” in subject line).
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