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Environmental DNA Laboratory Technician – Assay Development – Missoula, MT
USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station & Univ. of Montana
Full time Positions
Last Date to Apply
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is DNA sloughed from organisms into the surrounding environment (such as skin cells from fish into a stream). eDNA is a powerful conservation tool for defining the distribution of endangered, rare, and invasive species. We are seeking a laboratory technician to aid in laboratory validation of eDNA assays for projects related to fish and wildlife conservation.
1) Organizing and cataloging samples
2) Data entry
3) Extracting DNA from tissues
4) Performing PCR, gel electrophoresis
5) Performing qPCR analysis
6) Sanger sequence data QAQC
7) General lab tasks such as QAQC, supplies/inventory, and equipment calibrations
In addition, the technician must have attention to detail, take detailed notes, and work independently as well as part of a team. This lab position will not involve fieldwork. The position provides valuable experience in laboratory procedures/equipment and rigorous scientific methodology. This position is sponsored by The National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation (NGC) at the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the University of Montana. Work will occur at the Rocky Mountain Research Station building in Missoula, MT.
Hours per Week: 40 hours a week
Wage/Salary/Other Compensation: $14 – $17/hr with potential for wage increase upon exceptional performance.
Position start date and length: Flexible start date from October - November, and duration will be roughly 12 months with extension possible based upon performance and need.
Application instructions: Please e-mail Thomas Franklin at NGC@usda.gov with a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, resume, academic transcripts, and a list of three references.
Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or other related, applied science. Applicants are preferred to have completed Cellular and Molecular Biology or related course work and experience in laboratory procedures such as DNA extraction and qPCR analysis. Competitive applicants will be individuals who are responsible, punctual, and able to communicate and work well with others. Attention to detail is a must.