Research Engineering Scientist Associate (Cactus Moth Technician)
Company: University of Texas at Austin
Posted on: February 7, 2024
Job Posting Title:Research Engineering Scientist Associate
(Cactus Moth Technician)----Hiring Department:Department of
Integrative Biology----Position Open To:All Applicants----Weekly
Scheduled Hours:40----FLSA Status:Exempt----Earliest Start Date:Feb
14, 2024----Position Duration:Expected to Continue Until Dec 31,
2024----Location:BRACKENRIDGE FIELD LAB----Job Details:General
NotesThis position ends December 31, 2024. Possible extensions,
based on performance and funding acquisition. This position
includes a full-time benefits package.Location: UT Austin's
Brackenridge Field Laboratory, Austin, Texas.Security sensitive;
criminal background check conducted on selected candidate. Hiring
decision is contingent upon applicant clearing background
check.PurposeThe technician will perform skilled field surveys and
lab studies of invasive and native cactus-feeding moths and their
associated host plants and parasitoids to support the invasive
species research program. Responsibilities
- Participate in field studies of invasive and native
cactus-feeding moths as directed by research scientists. This
includes extensive field work to set out and score pheromone traps
on biweekly basis during the field season, bimonthly surveys of
insect damage to Opuntia host plants at Sentinel sites, 6-monthly
surveys at ecolab sites, and collection and rearing of the moth
larvae and parasitoids. Update trapping data and photos on UT Box
weekly. Participate in field releases of biological controls.
Develop a working knowledge of cactus host plant and insect
identification. Interact professionally with landowners.
- Perform laboratory duties associated with rearing plants and
insects, including parasitoid wasps used for biological control.
Organize and curate biological samples. Maintain detailed records
of all studies.
- Perform administrative activities. Coordinate closely with
Research Scientists and Postdoctoral Fellows on all tasks and
studies. Ensure proficient use of field equipment, trip planning.
Participate in lab meetings and maintain strong communications
while working in the field. Prepare weekly reports and as required
for sponsored projects. Assist with administrative tasks, workflow
planning, materials and equipment preparation and purchases,
vehicle maintenance. Driving a UT vehicle is an essential
- BS degree in a biological science or other relevant
- Minimum of one year field experience in research or
- Demonstrated ability to perform as a member of a dynamic
- Self-motivated and goal-oriented mindset.
- Effective problem-solving skills in a dynamic environment.
- Excellent communication skills: listening, written and
verbal.Relevant education and experience may be substituted as
- BS degree in ecology.
- Experience in several areas of natural sciences, research
methods and biological laboratories.
- Experience with field ecological studies and surveys of plant
and insect communities.
- Experience with rearing of insect cultures.
- Ability to identify insects to order or family level
- Field safety awareness and commitment to safety.
- Experience with data management.Driving RequiredThis job
requires a class "C" operator's driver's license. The applicant
selected must provide a current three year driving record from the
current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, a
Texas driver's license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming
a Texas resident. Employees who are required to have a CDL are
subject to drug and alcohol testing (pre-employment, post-accident,
reasonable suspicion, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug
and alcohol testing).Salary Range$40,000 + depending on
- Exposure to all weather conditions.
- Ability to work outside in the summer.
- Exposure to insect bites/stings.
- May require working with hazardous equipment or materials.
- May work around chemical fumes.
- Lifting and moving.Work Shift
- Outdoor work at remote field sites required including some
overnight stays up to 4 nights per week. Depending on study needs
set by the study leader, this may be 4x10 or 5x8 hour workdays.
Occasional work on weekends and holidays required.Required
- 3 work references with their contact information; at least one
reference should be from a supervisor
- A cover letter explaining how your skills and experience match
the job requirements.Importantfor applicants who are NOT current
university employees or contingent workers:You will be prompted to
submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be
provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent
applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of
interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application
Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional
files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure
thatALLRequired Materials have been uploaded. Once your job
application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.Important
for Current university employees and contingent workers:As a
current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply
within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current
University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker
Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and
then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you
apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The
application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your
resume. In addition, you must respond to the application
questionspresented to upload any additional Required Materials
(letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted
above.----Employment Eligibility:Regular staff who have been
employed in their current position for the last six continuous
months are eligible for openings being recruited for through
University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional
opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are
promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without
supervisor approval.----Retirement Plan Eligibility:The retirement
plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS),
subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at
least 135 days in length.----Background Checks:A criminal history
background check will be required for finalist(s) under
consideration for this position.----Equal Opportunity Employer:The
University of Texas at Austin, as an ,complies with all applicable
federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative
action. The University is committed to a policy of equal
opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis
of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability,
religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and
activities, and admissions.----Pay Transparency:The University of
Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner
discriminate against employees or applicants because they have
inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of
another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access
to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as
a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of
other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise
have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is
(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance
of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an
investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the
contractor's legal duty to furnish information.----Employment
Eligibility Verification:If hired, you will be required to complete
the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will
be required to present acceptable and original to prove your
identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents
need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.
Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the
university.----E-Verify:The University of Texas at Austin use
E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective
May 2015. The university's company ID number for purposes of
E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see
- [PDF]----Compliance:Employees may be required to report
violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of
Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If
this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery
Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting.
Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in
.The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of
the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You
may or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616
Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.
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