We seek an energetic, motivated research technician to participate in experiments on the ecology, physiology, and genomics of switchgrass. This is an opportunity to participate in integrative research studying the genetic basis of ecological processes in an important native grass species. The position will be administered through the University of Texas at Austin and stationed with Philip Fay’s group at the USDA Grassland, Soil, and Water Lab in Temple, TX (https://www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/temple-tx/grassland-soil-and-water-research-laboratory/people/philip-fay/). This position is expected to continue for six months with possible extensions based on job performance and progress towards research goals.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Start date is negotiable, but preference will be given to applicants who are available earlier.
Purpose of position
The research assistant will work on experiments studying switchgrass ecology, physiology, and genomics. The position will involve a combination of plant propagation and greenhouse work, the completion of field experiments, and lab processing of field samples.
Assist in the establishment, maintenance, and completion of switchgrass field experiments. Assist in the collection, processing, and analysis of plant samples harvested from field experiments. Utilize a variety of scientific instruments to collect data from field experiments. Lab processing of fields samples and greenhouse work. Collect, maintain and analyze research data. Maintain physical structures associated with switchgrass experiments. Assist in the curation, distribution and analysis of data arising from research.