Biological Science Technician

  • USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Fort Collins, CO, USA
  • Jun 11, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Summary


The position is located at the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC), Fort Collins, Colorado. You will serve as a Biological Science Technician in the Wildlife Genetics Project. The principal roles of the position will be primarily focused on laboratory practices associated with molecular ecology using micro-satellite and DNA sequencing as applicable to wildlife damage and wildlife disease management research.

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Responsibilities

  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Participate in a wide variety of multi-disciplinary laboratory studies designed to investigate genetic variability among wildlife species.
  • Extract and further process DNA from biological samples (environmental DNA [water], animal tissues, blood, and noninvasive samples such as saliva, hair, feces, etc.).
  • Analyze extracted DNA to quantify genetic variability.
  • Perform basic statistical analyses on genotype data for the description of population structure among wildlife populations and wildlife diseases.
  • Identify, analyze, and troubleshoot problems encountered with laboratory procedures.
  • Operate and maintain a broad range of laboratory equipment in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Participate in the preparation of scientific presentations.

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Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

GS 7 Salary $45,918 to $59,694 per year