Botany Research Assistant

Weber State University
August 23, 2024
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Position Information

Position Title Botany Research Assistant

Requisition Number H01546P Position Category Hourly/Work Study Campus Location Weber State University - Ogden, UT Hours per week 10-20 Months per year 6 Alternate work schedule

The research opportunity is available for up to 140 hours during Summer and Fall of 2023.

Pay Grade Salary Hourly Pay Rate 15.00 FLSA Job Summary/Basic Function

Dr. Bridget Hilbig is hiring a research assistant to help with research that examines . The research opportunity is available for up to 80 hours during Summer 2021. The successful candidate will assist Dr. Hilbig on a collaboration with atmospheric scientists with the National Park Service. The project will examine how mycorrhizal fungi respond to forest fires in areas above and below the critical load of Nitrogen for mycorrhizas. This has implications for plant gorwth and succession and overall soil carbon. This research requires physically demanding field work and analytical and molecular lab work. Research duties include traveling to Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and/or the Uintas National Forest for field work. Field work includes plant diversity measurements and soil core collections. Lab work will include preparing soils for total C and total N, and extracting and amplifying fungal DNA from soil cores.

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates will have a strong interest in sustainability and soil ecology.
  • Ability to travel to at least one of the National Parks and camp overnight for field work
  • Ability to work a minimum of 10 hours a week
  • Ability to hike with heavy equipment/samples for 5 miles.
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Preferred Qualifications

    •This work will include a lot of microscopy, and preferred skills include microscopy experience and a willingness to learn.

    Background Check? No

    Posting Detail Information

    Job Open Date 08/23/2023

    Review Date 08/25/2023 Job Close Date 08/23/2024 Open Until Filled Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting https: // Notes to Applicant

    To apply, complete the online application, attach a resume and transcripts.

    If you are hired, please keep in mind that you will need to complete the appropriate Payroll and HR documents prior to beginning work. The screening of applicants will begin immediately.

    Due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals who have worked in a salaried capacity for Weber State University are ineligible to be hired as an hourly or adjunct employee at Weber State for six months.

    ADA Essential Job Function

    ADA Essential Job Function

    Physical Activity of this position Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles etc., using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Agility is emphasized. Important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion., Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles. , Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction., Standing. Particularly for sustained periods of time. , Moving about to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another., Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. , Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion. , Lifting. Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles. , Operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect, place, detect, or position. , Expressing or exchanging ideas. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important instructions to other workers accurately or quickly. , Ability to receive detailed information with or without assistance., Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. , Maintaining equilibrium to prevent falling. Walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. Amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium. , Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees., Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. , Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

    Physical Requirements of this position Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Visual Acuity Requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision. Required to have close visual acuity to inspect small defects, small parts at distances close to the eye., Required to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; using a computer terminal; extensive reading. The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position. The worker is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals. , The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions. One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.

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