The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

Laboratory Research Assistant III

Hiring department Intb-PI-Gilbert
Monthly salary $2,080+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Variable
Posting number 18-03-01-01-4480
Job Status Open
FLSA status Non-exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin, TX (off-campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Position will end one year after initial start date. Possible extension based on job performance, progress towards research goals and funding acquisition. Experimental protocols will require a non-standard work schedule. Work will sometimes involve long days and short weeks working evenings, mornings and/or weekends. Work will be outside during Texas summer.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 2 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


Technician will follow the direction of the lead investigator to carry out studies examining the biology and ecology of tawny crazy ants and natural enemies of this ant, including microsporidian pathogens and phorid fly parasitoids.

Essential Functions

Perform field assays of tawny crazy ant, and native ant abundances and experiments on species interactions and ecology. Conduct laboratory experiments investigating the biology of a microsporidian pathogen and a phorid fly parasitoid of this ant. Conduct experiments into the chemical ecology of ant species interactions. Stain and count microsporidian spore loads in infected ants using compound microscope. Sort, identify and record ants and other arthropods from pitfall traps. Identify ants and phorid flies to species level and other arthropods to order level. Record all data in field datasheets, and enter data into spreadsheets. Use GPS to set out transects and record features. Store and label specimens in alcohol vials or in pinned collections. Curate materials and maintain records. Clean and organize laboratory space. Maintain vehicles in clean, roadworthy condition. Maintain the work space in an orderly state. Organize work flow, and maintain activity schedule on multiple projects simultaneously. Collect fire ant colonies.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

High school graduation or GED. A combination of two years of experience in a natural science field, or a technical laboratory. A strong work ethic and attention to detail. Ability to work outside throughout the summer and carry loads over rough ground. Fine motor skills. Commitment to safety. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelors or masters degree in biological science. Strong background and interest in entomology and ecology. Experience in field ecological studies and experiments. Experience with insect identification. Experience with micro-dissection and microscopy. Laboratory experience in chemistry. Experience with molecular lab procedures. Computer skills including familiarity with spreadsheet manipulation, analysis and graphing in Microsoft Excel. Experience using GPS. Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills needed. Ability to perform as a member of a dynamic research team.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving Exposure to all weather conditions, a high tolerance for heat, insect bites, and fire ant stings is required. Some sites may require overnight travel, camping out and hiking over rough ground in remote regions in TX.

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