standard Laboratory Technician Position Available

The Geib lab at the USDA-ARS Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, have a position available for a highly experienced technician in the area of population genetics/phylogenomics. The primary research project is focused on the genetic analysis of tephritid fruit fly species using genome-wide analysis techniques towards marker discovery and developing assays for determination of source populations, developing better tools for the systematic identification of pest tephritid species, and utilizing genomic tools towards improving the current sterile insect technique.

A competitive applicant will have experience with all or most of the following:
• High-throughput DNA and RNA extraction
• NGS library construction (WGS libraries, RNAseq, GBS/ddRAD, HiC, nanopore)
• qPCR Genotyping
• Fruit fly colony maintenance and implementation of experimental crosses
• Targeted genome editing (CRISPR/CAS9) or gene silencing (RNAi) to investigate mutations/genes associated with traits of interest

Knowledge of linux/unix, scripting, and light programming in some language is preferred but not required. We have in-house automated laboratory equipment and HPC computing resources and a very active research program. Salary is ~$43,000/yr, hired through University of Hawaii Manoa, and the selected applicant will be stationed at the USDA-ARS Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii. Funding is guaranteed for 2 years. Extension is assessed annually based on performance, with possibility of extending past 2 years pending future funding. Master’s degree or undergraduate with extensive experience is required. To apply, please submit CV, Cover letter, and contact for at least 3 references. Please send all applications and inquiries to Dr. Scott Geib at scott.geib@ars.usda.gov.

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