[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Technician in Soil Microbiology at Colorado State University

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon May 5 14:43:58 MDT 2014

Date:    Fri, 2 May 2014 06:53:39 -0500
From:    Matthew Wallenstein <matt.wallenstein at GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Research Technician in Soil Microbiology at Colorado State

*Research Associate I Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory Colorado State

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University seeks
candidates for a research technician position for research on plant
beneficial micro-organisms.  The goals of this project are to screen
natural soil microbial communities for plant-beneficial properties, to
isolate beneficial microbial consortia, and to test the effects of these
consortia on plant performance.

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing and conducting
laboratory assays, high-throughput culturing techniques, as well as
greenhouse and field based plant growth experiments. The technician will be
expected to manage and conduct multiple experiments simultaneously, keep
careful records, and exercise rigorous laboratory quality and safety


-Assists in high-throughput microbial microcosm experiments to evaluate
microbial traits.

-Apply molecular techniques to characterize, and monitor microbial

-Collect and prepare soil samples for microbiological and chemical analysis=

-Assist in planning, coordinating, and conducting greenhouse studies
focused on rhizosphere microbial ecology and subsequent soil and plant

-Data collection, data management, graphing and statistical analysis.

-Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by
involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the
profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

*Required Qualifications:* Candidate must have a minimum of Bachelor=E2=80=
degree and demonstrate experience and expertise in soil or environmental
microbiology. Candidates must have experience in laboratory practices and
data management, including the development and documentation of new
laboratory protocols, and experience in culturing, quantifying and
identifying bacteria or fungi

*Desired Qualifications:*

-Experience in managing laboratory research projects

-Expertise in culturing, quantifying and identifying bacteria or fungi

-Ability to program and utilize liquid handling robots

-Knowledge of soil biogeochemistry

-Experience in designing and running plant growth experiments

-Experience in soil or water DNA extractions

-Experience in next-generation sequencing sample preparation

-Expertise univariate and/or multivariate statistical methods

To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and names and contact information
for three references to:
References will not be contacted without prior approval. For full
consideration, apply by Sunday, May 25, 2014.  The annual salary is $26,500=

A full description of benefits is available at

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age,
color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability,
veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity
or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse
workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws,
regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and
affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101
Student Services.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive
learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background
investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.
Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history,
national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
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