The Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center (HAREC) invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant– Plant Pathology Diagnostician position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.
The Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) position is responsible for supporting the Plant Pathology program at the Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center (HAREC), located in Hermiston, Oregon.
The FRA is responsible for record keeping and assaying of all plant, insect, and soil samples submitted to the plant pathology laboratory for diagnostic services.
Manage the plant pathology program's laboratory and provide support to help meet the program's Extension and research needs.
The FRA will perform all laboratory and greenhouse procedures and may help with the design and execution of field experiments. Present research results at regional grower and professional meetings and may conduct trainings for the Master Gardener Program.
The FRA is responsible for the general operation of the laboratory and will work independently in scheduling and execution of assigned duties with input of the principle investigator, as needed. Determine experimental or laboratory procedures. Participate in decision making concerned with experimental designs, sampling strategies, laboratory techniques, and data analysis.
Work closely with the program principle investigator (PI), graduate, and undergraduate students, and aid in training of new laboratory members.
Analyze data, write reports and manuscripts, and contribute to the development of new research approaches and directions.
Day-to-day duties will be conducted in an office, laboratory, greenhouse, and/or field setting.
The position is based at Oregon State University's Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, with fieldwork in the Columbia Basin of Oregon and Washington.
Requires Bachelor’s degree in discipline appropriate to the field in which research is being conducted.
M.S. in plant pathology, microbiology, or related discipline with demonstrated skill in molecular techniques, particularly ELISA and PCR.
Experience with general laboratory equipment (i.e. autoclave, biosafety cabinet, laminar flow hood, etc.), techniques associated with microbiology, good laboratory practices, and sterile technique.
Effective communication skills and willingness to meet and interact the public.
Ability to work independently, and in a team.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OAR 125-155-0200) as per OAR 576-056-0000 et seq.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
Work is generally conducted in a laboratory, greenhouse, field or office setting.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
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