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Laboratory Research Aide

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Hampton Roads AREC
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

This position will assist the Entomology program at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) in the implementation and maintenance of laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments affecting nursery production, and specialty crops during the upcoming growing seasons. The successful candidate will assist the Entomology Principal Investigator with planting, fertilizing, mowing, weed and pest management, data and sample collection in the field and greenhouse, and assisting with experiments in the laboratory. This is an off-campus position at the Hampton Roads AREC, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Some of the duties and responsibilities for this position are:
1) Field assistance. Assist in all phases of field, greenhouse and laboratory work and learn to develop skills as a field scouter, identifying and recording pest and beneficial insect densities in crops of interest.
2) Counting insect densities. Be able to identify insect pests and beneficials and count pest and beneficial insect densities from collected field samples in a timely manner, and as directed.
3) Data collection and entry. Assist with data compilation and entry into computer-based storage system, using Microsoft Office and other programs. Collect data and take notes during field work, and during counting insect densities from field-collected samples.
4) Traveling across Virginia and out of State. Assist on setting up trials and on data collection at different experimental sites. Travel expenses will be fully covered by the Entomology Program. Expected travel responsibilities will be at least 20%.
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
Candidate is required to possibly navigate rough terrain unaided, be available to work outside in all weather conditions and lift 50 lbs, and perform scouting procedures in the field, including walking and kneeling in research plots.
This position will require traveling across Virginia and out of State
Must have a driver's license check
Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
Own transportation on regular basis required

Required Qualifications

Basic computer skills (MS Office, especially Excel).
Ability to work outside, regardless of the weather.
Able to work independently and under supervision.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions, and exercise basic quality control procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in an agricultural research setting.
Experience with data collection, entering, and analysis,
Experience mowing and applying fertilizer would be beneficial.
Basic knowledge in Entomology and good practices of laboratory are highly preferred.

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Salary Information

$31,200 - $32,000; commensurate with experience

Review Date

January 15, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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