Biological Scientist II

 
  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Nov 20, 2020
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Biological Scientist II

Job Description:

Serve as field, greenhouse, and laboratory supervisor on a day to day basis. Supervise laborers and temporary employees and work with ARS technicians during sowing, transplanting, selection and harvesting of Seedling Stage, Stage I, and Stage II sugarcane. Communicate with farm facilities personnel to coordinate research activities. Carry out routine molecular biology laboratory procedures, including DNA extraction and PCR. Under the direction of senior scientists, conduct field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments to develop strategies for increased efficiency and accuracy of selection for the seedling stage, Stage I, and Stage II of the cooperative sugarcane breeding program at Canal Point, FL., part of Tripartite cooperative program with UF/IFAS- Everglades REC, USDA-ARS and the Florida Sugarcane League and will be housed at the USDA-ARS Sugarcane Field Station (SFS) at Canal Point.

Under the direction of senior scientists, conduct field experiments on sugarcane Seedling Stage to develop strategies for increased efficiency and accuracy of seedling and parental selection. Complete experiments in a timely manner, and disseminate the information to scientists supervising other stages of the sugarcane breeding program. Participate in making seedling selections, and coordinate and supervise laborers and temporary employees during the selection process, progeny test, and breeding values experiment.

Manage the greenhouse and transplanting phases of sugarcane seedling production and progeny test. Activities include, but are not limited to: a) sowing of sugarcane seed; b) transplanting of seedlings to cell trays; c) transplanting seedlings to field; and d) greenhouse experiment maintenance, including daily and often after-hours fertilizing, irrigation, and pest control.

Under the direction of senior scientists, conduct field experiments on sugarcane Stage I to develop strategies for increased efficiency and accuracy of seedling and parental selection. Complete experiments in a timely manner, and disseminate the information to scientists supervising other stages of the sugarcane breeding program. Participate in planting Stage I, making Stage I selections, and coordinate and supervise laborers and temporary employees during the selection process, including extensive gathering of brix, vigor, and disease rating data.

Office productivity activities to include a) data entry for field, laboratory, and greenhouse experiments using Microsoft Office software, b) set up, application design, programming, and use of electronic tablet computers.

Serve as field and laboratory supervisor on a day to day basis. Supervise laborers and temporary employees. Communicate protocols to these employees.

Carry out routine molecular biology laboratory procedures, including, but not limited to DNA extraction, PCR, and gel electrophoresis.

Under the direction of senior scientists, conduct field experiments on sugarcane Stage II to develop strategies for increased efficiency and accuracy of seedling and parental selection. Complete experiments in a timely manner, and disseminate the information to scientists supervising other stages of the sugarcane breeding program. Participate in planting Stage II, making Stage II selections, and coordinate and supervise laborers and temporary employees during the selection process, including extensive gathering of brix, stalk count, vigor, disease rating, weight, etc., data.

Assist in design of field and greenhouse experiments.

Expected Salary:

$37,000 annually

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field and three years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree in biology or a closely related field and one year of relevant experience; Doctoral degree in biology or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in the area of specialization on agronomy, genetics or plant biology. Prior experience in agronomic row crops, agrochemicals, conducting field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments preferred.

Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet, statistical software).

Efficient communication skills (both oral and written). Great work skills at both team and independent levels.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

This is a time-limited position.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required:

No