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The Research Technician will be responsible for sample collection and processing for the grant funded through the Center for Produce Safety. This will involve driving to the Piedmont Research Station located in Salisbury, NC to collect samples. The samples will be collected from multiple sources including food animals (poultry and dairy cows), soil, air, and fresh produce. The candidate will also be responsible for assisting in pathogen isolation including Salmonella and Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli. The Research technician should be independent and create, process, and troubleshoot protocols associated with the study.
In addition, the Research Technician will assist in other lab projects within the scope of the laboratory's goals and when time permits. The Research Technician will also assist the lab manager in training and supervising undergraduates with basic laboratory tasks and general lab upkeep.
Will be able to perform the following techniques without supervision:
Genomic DNA purification from Escherichia coli and Salmonella
DNA visualization via gel electrophoresis. Will be able to perform the following microbiology techniques without supervision:
Traveling to farms to collect fecal samples from food animals. Collecting environmental samples from swine farm lagoons, air, and water.
Collecting meat and produce samples.
Isolating, correctly identifying, and producing single isolate freezer stocks of foodborne pathogens from animal blood, fecal, meat, produce, and environmental samples.
Regenerate bacteria from frozen isolates.
Ship frozen isolates (dangerous goods) to other laboratories under IATA Compliance. Will possess the basic computer program knowledge, including word and excel files. The person will input and maintain lab data. The person will maintain lab records, order supplies for the lab use and assist in generating project reports.
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Knowledge of microbiology skills
Can work independently and within a team environment
Able to project manage multiple concurrent projects
Regulatory Environment record keeping and data management skills
Working knowledge of Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills
Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
Strong organizational skills
Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences preferred.
Required license or certification:
A valid NC Driver’s License is required for this position and must be maintained as a condition of employment.
Position Number: 00106658
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