Research Associate/Technician position available

Roger Wise rpwise at
Tue Jan 6 04:09:51 EST 2004

Our group has a new Research Associate/Technician position available 
to work on gene expression in cereal crops.  The full details of the 
announcement below (ARS-X4W-0131) are posted at:   
Candidates must be US citizens.

Position Title: Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants)
Series/Grade: GS-0404-07/08/09
Promotion Potential: GS-09
Salary: GS-07 $31,830 - $41,380; GS-08 $35,252 - $45,828; GS-09 
$38,936 - $50,617
Type of Appointment: Permanent Full-Time
Location of Position: Corn Insects & Crop Genetics Research, Ames, IA
Announcement Number: ARS-X4W-0131
Opening Date: January 5, 2004                
Closing Date: January 26, 2004
Area of Consideration: ALL U.S. CITIZENS

DUTIES: The position is located in the Department of Plant Pathology 
on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames, IA. The incumbent will 
provide technical assistance for a research program focused on 
host-pathogen interactions in cereal crops. The incumbent will 
develop or design projects based on specific objectives; devise and 
recommend alternative methods of standardized analysis; perform 
molecular biology analyses such as DNA and RNA extraction, 
hybridization, and quantitative PCR; operate and maintain specialized 
equipment; maintain seed stocks and plant pathogen collections and 
perform inoculations as needed; maintain inventory of chemicals; 
prepare solutions and reagents; keep detailed computer records; use 
bioinformatics software to analyze complex data sets; and prepare 
data for inclusion in reports/manuscripts.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have one year of specialized 
experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade. Specialized 
experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the 
following: (1) knowledge of small grain plant growth and 
hybridization techniques in growth chambers and greenhouse including 
emasculation, crossing, seed maturation, and seed harvest and 
processing; (2) skill in standard techniques and procedures of 
molecular biology and genomics; (3) skill in screening small grain 
plants for resistance to diseases; and (4) ability to use 
bioinformatics software for data analyses.

Roger Wise, USDA-ARS
Department of Plant Pathology
411 Bessey Hall
Iowa State University, Ames, IA 
50011-1020  USA
Phone:  515-294-9756
Fax:    515-294-9420
E-mail: rpwise at
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