Biological Science Technician – USDA Forest Service, Madison WI

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Biological Science Technician - USDA Forest Service, Madison WI

Do you love fungi, bacteria or have a favorite microorganism? Would you like a full-time, permanent position working with the US Forest Service facilitating fungal research?

Solicitation for job announcement 23-RES-11825865-DP-BVB (Madison, WI location; Closes 2/15/2023)

Biological Science Technician – USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Center for Forest Mycology Research (Madison, WI)

Applications only accepted from Feb. 7- Feb. 15

We are excited to announce an opening for a Biological Science Technician (GS-0404-07/08/09) in the Center for Forest Mycology Research (CFMR) in Madison, Wisconsin. This is a permanent federal position, and is open to US citizens and US nationals. The starting salary is dependent on grade level (GS-7/8/9) and ranges from $46,696 (GS-7) – $57,118 (GS-9) per year. 

The position will involve assisting the current culture manager in preserving, curating, disseminating and identifying fungal cultures. Additionally, the technician will support, and be an integral part of the ongoing research programs of the unit scientists. An ideal candidate would have a background working with fungi in lab and field settings and would be comfortable maintaining and enhancing the CFMR’s collections and research programs. In addition to proficiency in the use of basic microbiological techniques, the following capabilities would be highly desirable in a candidate:

  • Database creation and maintenance
  • Experience with aseptic techniques as it relates to culturing microorganisms and maintaining a culture collection
  • Molecular techniques including DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, library prep for metabarcoding, qPCR, Sanger sequencing, etc. 
  • Bioinformatics and/or familiarity with coding languages such as Python and R 

The CFMR staff conduct research on fungi critical to forest health. The CFMR currently has 3 research scientists (click the hyperlinks for information on current research): Michelle Jusino, Daniel Lindner, and Beatriz Ortiz-Santana. The CFMR contains one of the world’s largest culture collections of fungi, with approximately 25,000 cultures. The CFMR also maintains a herbarium of approximately 50,000 specimens.

Apply HERE (select the Madison, WI location) 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Daniel Lindner ( or Michelle Jusino (  

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