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Job ID: 131798

Research Specialist
University of Idaho

Date Posted Oct. 18, 2019
Title Research Specialist
University University of Idaho
Moscow, ID, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Agricultural - General

University of Idaho

Research Specialist

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Classified

Pay Range: $14.70 per hour or higher depending on experience and education

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

The Arthropod Molecular Systematics laboratory at the University of Idaho is seeking a full-time Research Specialist to assist in research on a broad range of topics, from taxonomy and phylogenetics to bioinformatics. The laboratory is located in Moscow, Idaho. The town offers a small and lively community with a range of outdoor activities nearby in the lovely Palouse region of Idaho and Washington. This position is contingent upon work and/or funding. However, there are three years of initial funding available for the position.

The candidate will be tasked with handling and curating insect and other arthropod specimens, live, mounted or otherwise preserved, participating in field work, performing data management, photographing specimens, designing experiments, performing wet laboratory work including DNA extraction, amplification, genomic library preparation, and data analysis. The candidate will assist in ordering and organizing lab equipment and supplies. They will also be responsible for facilitating training students and postdocs in laboratory techniques and the use of specialized equipment. The candidate will also assist in outreach and in communicating the lab's research. The possibility exists for the candidate to be a coauthor on resulting publications. Importantly, the candidate will help foster a safe, productive, inclusive, and collegial lab environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

-Bachelors degree in biological science, entomology, genetics, or other closely related field.
-One year experience in a related position.
-Experience with handling arthropod specimens; experience with a laboratory work environment and general procedures.
-Experience working in a diverse team of lab members.
-Written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Masters or Ph.D. in biological science, entomology, genetics, or other closely related field.
-Three or more years of experience in a related position.
-Experience working in natural history collections environment.
-Experience with genomic DNA library preparation and/or other high-throughput sequencing protocols.
-Bioinformatics skills including Bash shell, R, database interfaces.
-Good verbal communication.
-Familiarity with Microsoft Office package, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
-Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

-State-wide and interstate travel may be required.
-Ability to lift, carry and/or otherwise move up to 50 lbs. as needed.
-Employee should be able to comfortably sit, stand, twist, kneel, and reach in order to work in laboratory and field environments.

Posting Number: SP002342P

Posting Date: 10/15/2019

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

Applications received by November 1, 2019, will receive first consideration

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement

University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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