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Research Engineering Scientist Associate (Cactus Moth Technician)

Company: University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin
Posted on: February 7, 2024

Job Description:

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 function.Required Qualifications
    • BS degree in a biological science or other relevant degree.
    • Minimum of one year field experience in research or conservation applications.
    • Demonstrated ability to perform as a member of a dynamic research team.
    • 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 appropriatePreferred Qualifications
      • 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 qualificationsWorking Conditions
        • 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 Materials
            • Resume/CV
            • 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 the following:
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              • [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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