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Colorado State University Forest Health Laboratory Technician (RAI) in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working TitleForest Health Laboratory Technician (RAI)

Position LocationFort Collins, CO

Work LocationPosition is fully in-office/in-person

Research Professional PositionYes

Posting Number202400178AP

Position TypeAdmin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification TitleResearch Associate I

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week40

Proposed Annual Salary Range$45,000 to $46,000 plus benefits.

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University is not just a workplace; it’s a thriving community that’s transforming lives and improving the human condition through world-class teaching, research, and service. With a robust benefits package, collaborative atmosphere, commitment todiversity, equity and inclusion (https://inclusiveexcellence.colostate.edu/about/) , and focus on work-life balance, CSU is where you can thrive, grow, and make a lasting impact.

  • For detailed benefit plan information for eligible employees, visithttps://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/andhttps://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/.

  • For the total value of CSU benefits in addition to wages, visithttps://hr.colostate.edu/total-compensation-calculator/.

  • For more information about why Fort Collins is consistently ranked in the top cities to live in, visithttps://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-community/.

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on03/08/2024

Description of Work Unit

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.

The Department of Agricultural Biology (AB) is committed to excellence in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about insects, plant pathogens, and weeds. AB applies this knowledge to solving practical problems related to:

  • Management of pests in production agricultural systems, in natural resources and recreational environments, and in residential and public areas;

  • Environmental quality, and

  • Human and animal health.

The Department encompasses the disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science – thus providing unique opportunities to address critical issues that cut across disciplines. AB focuses its teaching, research and outreach missions in four program areas each of which involves all three of the department’s disciplinary roots in entomology, plant pathology, and weed science. These programs are:

  • Genomics and Molecular Biology,

  • Ecology and Biodiversity,

  • Biology and Management of Invasive Species, and

  • Integrated Pest Management.

AB emphasizes knowledge of pests and related organisms; the roles that they play in ecological, economic and social systems; and the application of such knowledge to developing economically and environmentally sound solutions for practical problems, including emerging pest issues impacted by climate change. Being interdisciplinary in nature, AB values cooperative and collaborative efforts within departmental teams, and with other units within the University, as well as other relevant entities in Colorado and beyond.

Position Summary

This position is focused on performing field and laboratory data generation and analyses on forest pathogens. Duties will include performing conventional and real-time polymerase chain reaction ( PCR ) and gel electrophoresis; invasive environmental (eDNA) and non-invasive DNA extraction; data analysis of field collected data and writing manuscripts that are focused on characterizing the biology of forest pathogens.

Required Job Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Molecular Biology

  • 1 year laboratory experience

  • Knowledge of PCR protocols and analysis

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Knowledge of plant pathogens

  • Knowledge of sterile techniques and working with microorganisms.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty CategoryLab Work


  • Microbial isolations, DNA extractions, running PCR , lab maintenance

Percentage Of Time60

Job Duty CategoryPlant management


  • Growing plants, watering plants, recording data on plant health, plant inoculations,

Percentage Of Time20

Job Duty CategoryField Work


  • Field collection in native forests and/or fruit orchards

Percentage Of Time20

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

CSU is committed to full inclusion of qualified individuals. If you are needing assistance or accommodations with the search process, please reach out to the listed search contact.

To apply, please upload a cover letter that addresses the required and preferred job qualifications, a resume, and the contact information for two professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.

Conditions of EmploymentPre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search ContactJane.stewart@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University 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. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. TheOffice of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,oeo@colostate.edu.

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,oeo@colostate.edu.

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to theOffice of Civil Rights, Department of Education (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html) .

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested2

Maximum Requested2

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents