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Research and Herbarium Tech - U Florida

Jul 9

Written by: SuperUser Account
7/9/2015 10:35 AM 

The Smith Fungal Biology Lab at the University of Florida is looking for a full-time research and herbarium technician to work on several ongoing projects, including the ZyGoLife project (elucidating phylogenetic relationships within ‘zygomycete’ fungi - http://zygolife.org/), the MiCC Microfungi herbarium digitization project (www.microfungi.org), and studies of ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with Nothofagus in southern South America. The suitable candidate will support research and archival activities in the Smith lab and in the FLAS fungal herbarium. More about the Smith Fungal Biology lab and the FLAS fungal collection can be found here: http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/Smith/faculty-Smith.shtml Position responsibilities include but are not limited to: isolation and maintenance of fungal cultures, maintenance and digitization of herbarium specimens and associated databases, isolation of DNA, PCR, purchasing lab supplies and equipment, and general lab maintenance duties. The successful candidate must have minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Biology (or related field) and have a basic understanding of molecular, microbiological, and herbarium procedures as well as a valid driver’s license. This position requires an independent, flexible, and organized individual who is motivated to learn and interested in fungal biology. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working with fungal cultures and/or herbarium specimens, experience using a microscope, and at least some experience in molecular biology and/or bioinformatics. Initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of up to 3 years depending upon funding and performance. The starting date is as soon as is feasible. Salary range is approximately $30,000–$35,000 per year, depending upon the experience level and qualifications of the selected candidate. Submit a brief cover letter indicating why you are appropriate for the position, along with a CV or resume, transcripts of academic degrees, and the names of 3 professional references, via email as a single PDF to Dr. Matthew Smith (trufflesmith@ufl.edu). Review of applications will begin July 20th, 2015. Send informal inquiries and questions to trufflesmith@ufl.edu.

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