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Research Scientist Assistant, University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Job Details:

General Notes
This is a fixed-term position for 12-13 months. The position is located at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, TX.

The Research Assistant will engage in work related to the study of harmful algal blooms. This will involve primarily laboratory work, including culture isolation and maintenance, and molecular biology analyses. There is a possibility, but not a requirement, for field work.

Assist in collection and curation of relevant project and experimental data
Assist with laboratory administration including purchasing, equipment upkeep, and documentation
Establish and maintain cultures of marine algae
Identify and count algae using light and fluorescent microscopy
Perform DNA and RNA extractions, and PCR amplification of algal targets
Perform experiments on growth and physiology of algae

Salary Range
$32,000 + depending on qualifications

Working conditions
May work around chemicals. May work around standard laboratory conditions. May work around standard office conditions. Use of manual dexterity. May work around biohazards. Repetitive use of keyboard at workstation. Repetitive use of laboratory equipment including liquid handling and microscopes.

Required Materials
-2 letters of reference *not required when you apply, will be requested later; need to provide contact info

Important for 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 that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

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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 equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, 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 documents 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.



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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 HOP-3031.

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  • Job Type: Staff
  • Organization: Erdner Laboratory - University of Texas Marine Science Institute
  • Qualifications: Required Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine science or related field Research experience outside of coursework Must be organized, independent, and motivated Preferred Qualifications Experience with algal cultivation or molecular biology methods. Theoretical knowledge and practical experience in molecular biology. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Port Aransas, TX
  • Web address:

Contact Information

Deana Erdner
The University of Texas at Austin | Marine Science Institute

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