Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
PLANT VIRUS DETECTION LABORATORY ASSISTANCE
Requisition Number: 03024524 Final Filing Date: 08-22-2019 Closing Date: Payroll Title: LABORATORY ASSISTANT III Number of Positions: 1 Salary: $20.54 - $24.45/HR Appointment Type: Career Appointment Description: 100% Fixed Appointment, Standard Schedule Overtime Eligible (FLSA): Non-Exempt Union/HEERA Representation: This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit
Department: FOUNDATION PLANT SERVICES - 030345 Department Description:
Location: Davis Allow Applicants to Attach: Resume Cover Letter References
Job Summary: Under general supervision, provide technical support to the FPS Foundation disease testing laboratory. Conduct routine sampling and testing of vineyards, orchards, rose blocks, and greenhouse materials using standard protocols for ELISA (enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay) and/or PCR (Polymerase chain reaction). Work in the greenhouse planting seeds and maintaining plant materials for greenhouse tests. Assist with collection and processing of field samples to screen for plant viruses.
Physical Demands: Lift/move potted plant materials weighing up to 50 lbs.
Work Environment: Tolerate extreme temperatures while working in the field and greenhouse.
Work in enclosed areas treated with pesticides after re-entry period is reached.
Work in laboratory, greenhouse and field conditions, including outdoors under all seasonal conditions.
Perform repetitious work.
Work overtime and/or flexible hours to finish assigned tasks.
Valid CA drivers license to drive UC vehicle to/from fields for collection of samples.
UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Background Check Required: Yes
Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge of and experience with molecular methods used for the detection of plant viruses and nucleic acid extraction from plant tissues, spectrophotometer, pH meter, and thermocyclers.
Experience performing large numbers of routine tests.
Knowledge of and experience using laboratory equipment such as high- and ultra-speed centrifuges, gel electrophoresis units, and ELISA reader to run ELISA and PCR tests.
Knowledge of and skill with buffering systems to prepare various buffers for field operations.
Computer skills using database programs (Excel and Access) to prepare results in an organized format.
Organizational skills to establish and maintain hard-copy data records.
Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with UC laboratory safety requirements.
Skills to maintain a clean working environment to ensure laboratory facilities are clean and sanitary; shelves and counters are dusted and washed; and sinks are properly cleaned.
Skills and knowledge to recognize and report problems with experiments, procedures, and lab equipment.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
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