Department: Global Inst for Food Security
Status: Term 2 years with the possibility of extension
Employment Group: Research
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $20.37 - 27.56 per hour. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Phase/Band: Salary Band 4-6
Posted Date: 3/25/2021
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1


Primary Purpose
As a member of the GIFS and plant growth facilities team you provide technical support.  

Nature of the Work
Reporting to the Platform Lead, Research and Development Operations with day-to-day technical supervision by the Plant Growth Facilities Science Lead you will be proactive in delivering the necessary care for the plants in both greenhouses and growth chambers.  You will be part of the GIFS team and your work is highly interconnected with other programs within GIFS.  Work volume is high with a moderate degree of judgement required for day to day technical decision making.  The impact of error is moderate as it could result in lost time 


  • Monitor and harvest plants, including pest management, clean seeds and maintain proper seed bank management.

  • Responsible for laboratory deliveries, supplies and maintenance of all PGF consumables inventory and equipment. 

  • As a team member you will assist in the training of GIFS employees and provide knowledge, technical support and space to new lab users, including postdocs and students.

  • Support the development of and adherence to standard operating procedures and laboratory and safety protocols, including the use of an electronic lab notebook.

  • Establish and maintain relationships throughout GIFS to promote interfacing with technology platforms and scientific programs.

  • Support clients e.g., consumable requirements, etc.

  • Engage in research projects and attend courses to advance professional development.

  • Other accountabilities as assigned.

Education & Experience 

  • Masters in horticulture science, plant biology, or agricultural biology preferred. 

  • Bachelors in a comparable field and at least two years of professional experience in research environments.


  • Highly motivated with the proven ability to be self-directed;

  • Demonstrated ability work effectively in a team-based environment is critical;

  • Sound judgment, discretion, diplomacy, and professional integrity;

  • Effective organizational skills and the acumen to handle complex situations and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships that support exceptional collaboration;

  • Ability to identify issues and develop and implement creative and outcomes-oriented solutions;

  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse working environment; and

  •  Proficiency with MS Office applications (particularly Word and Excel).