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Plant Science Technician - Student Asst 3

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RATE RANGE: $17.00
Hours Per Week: 18
Background Check: No
Student plant evolutionary ecology technician position. Conduct routine biological analyses of plant materials under general supervision for projects in vernal pool and Sierran ecology and conservation. Keep detailed and organized metadata/field notes and follow standardized data collection procedures. Enter data into databases. Effectively communicate and professionally interact with lab and field crew members. Endure sometimes long hours processing soil and plant specimens from field or grown in greenhouses. Under general supervision, occasionally travel or hike to remote locations, very rarely for two to three days consecutively, to collect plants or maintain field experiments. Complete basic laboratory molecular protocols, such as DNA extractions, PCR, and genomic sequencing library preparation when needed and under supervision. Training will be provided where necessary. The student will supervise undergraduates in the lab and field when necessary and will otherwise work with graduate students and a student lab manager. Position is hosted in the Sexton Lab at UC Merced:

Currently enrolled undergraduate at UC Merced in the natural sciences or related fields. Some prior experience in biological analyses or evidence of high aptitude and independence related to natural sciences is desired. Ability to work independently, under general supervision, attention to detail, and strong organizational skills are highly desired. Interest and experience in work with plants in the lab or field are highly desired. Skills in molecular lab work (e.g., DNA extraction and PCR) are highly desired. Prior field work experience, aptitude, and/or willingness to conduct field work is preferred. 
Please contact Jason Sexton @ for more information.
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