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Program Technician- Laboratory Research Assistant

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023

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Institution Name:

Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

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Summary of Job Duties:

The McDermott Livestock Entomology Lab at the University of Arkansas ( seeks to fill a Research Assistant position to support research on the surveillance of emerging vector-borne and infectious diseases as part of the Remote Emerging Disease Intelligence-Network (REDI-NET) Consortium ( The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the lab, including ordering and managing supplies, entering data, writing reports, and supervising undergraduate students and hourly workers. The candidate will also conduct standardized laboratory assays, including DNA/RNA extraction and PCR, to support ongoing research efforts in the lab.
This is a temporary position and may be renewable dependent on performance and availability of funding. The expected start date for the position is October 1st 2023, but is negotiable.


Minimum qualifications:

  • BS in biology, entomology, molecular biology, or a related field
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred qualifications (be as specific as you can to ensure candidates with the right qualifications):

  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques, including DNA/RNA extraction, PCR/qPCR, and gel electrophoresis
  • Experience working in BSL-2/ACL-2 conditions
  • Experience collecting and managing data sets
  • Experience identifying insects/ticks to species using dichotomous keys, particularly medically relevant species
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Training in entomology, vector biology, microbiology, and/or epidemiology

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Tonya Foster

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

No Background Check Required

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion

Frequent Physical Activity:

Grasping, Hearing, Talking, Walking

Occasional Physical Activity:

Sitting, Standing

Benefits Eligible: