We are hiring a Research Technician

Interested in soil microbes? Looking for a research technician job? Read on...

You’ll be the next Carini Lab Research Technician II in support of our soil Bradyrhizobium research projects. Your research will help characterize the physiology of soil Bradyrhizobium to resource stresses that are common in arid lands. Your work may lead to the development of microbial inoculants that have better in-field success rates in arid ecosystems or new strategies for using soil microbes to curb land degradation. You’ll work with us to grow Bradyrhizobium cultures from frozen stocks. You’ll extract nucleic acids, use molecular tools including PCR to identify strains, and prepare DNA for genome sequencing (Sanger and Illumina). You’ll participate in analysis of the resulting Sanger or Illumina sequence data. You’ll set up intermediate-to-complex experiments to investigate how soil Bradyrhizobium respond to resource limitation through growth assays, transcriptomics, and metabolomics. You’ll work with Bradyrhizobium mutant libraries to help us identify genes that are required for survival under a variety of conditions. You’ll be directly involved in analyzing the data collected from these experiments and will be involved in preparing the resulting manuscripts. This position is funded for 1 year with the possibility to extend contingent on funding.

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Your work will be part classic bacteriology (culturing, physiology), part molecular biology (DNA extractions, PCR), and part molecular genetics (working with mutant libraries). Additional experience with the computational analysis of genome sequences in programs like R or anvi’o would be helpful but is not required. Thus, you’ll benefit from having a broad mix of microbiology experience.

You can expect to grow in your lab skill toolbox, versatility, and ability to think about complex data in your time with us. You can expect us to be an inclusive group who’ll support you in your growth, rise to challenges with you, and grow alongside you. But you won’t have to do it all—heroics aren’t necessary! Yes, we want to be proud of working with you to produce top-notch science, but we also want to be kind, considerate, fair, flexible, and calm. We care about how you develop as a scientist and as a person. To this end, we use science-based intentional mentoring approaches to help you achieve your project and career goals. This includes biannual review guided by your individual development plan, assessment of your professional goals, and charting your growth toward them.  You’ll be involved in selecting an undergraduate that will work alongside you, under your mentorship, to accomplish the project goals.

Here are some examples of the work we’ve led or been involved in recently that might help give you a better idea of the kind of work we do. This is a glimpse of our past research. Your experience and background will add to this in the future, and we’ll be better for it! We have a lot to discover and we’re eager to do it with you.


Perhaps you are at a crossroads in your career and are not sure what path to take. Perhaps you’ve got a Master’s degree or several years of postgraduate laboratory in microbiology (or a closely related biological field like molecular biology or genetics) but don’t know if you want to continue in or commit to graduate school. You might have some untapped potential to accomplish a similar breadth and depth of work to what we’ve done in the past. However, we realize that you won’t be able to answer every question or know how all the experiments work on day one—and we don’t expect you to. We are looking for someone with solid microbiology fundamentals rooted in excellent written and verbal communication and organization with a commitment to independent problem solving.

You’ll provide evidence of supporting diversity in the workplace in your application. Research shows that the highest impact science occurs when people from varied backgrounds come together to solve problems. This means we want a diverse team built from different backgrounds, experiences, and identities—including yours. We put in the work that goes into maintaining an inclusive, supportive place for you to do your best work. We strongly encourage candidates of groups that are historically excluded in the sciences to apply.

You’ll have your own way of learning and style of how you do science. We’re committed to accommodating your uniqueness. We value people who have clear opinions and can commit to a direction, even when there is disagreement. We want people who see value in everyone being heard. We rigorously consider ideas—and challenge each other on them—but all remember that we’re here for the same purpose: to do top notch science together. That comes with direct feedback, openness to each other’s experiences, and willingness to show up for each other as well as for the work at hand.

We expect about 40 hours of work a week most of the time (though there are exceptions, they are rare). We want you to have a sustainable, healthy relationship with your work and will work with you to determine how you can do that. You can expect a mindful ramp-up period with time to learn. You can expect a team that listens. You can expect to give and provide direct feedback. You can expect to be counted on, and you can count on us. We care about what you can do and how you do it, not about how (or where) you learned how to do it. The ability to communicate clearly and a strong track record of meticulous, considerate work speaks volumes.

This is a 1.0 FTE Research Technician II position with an annual salary of $30,000.

Outstanding UArizona benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; parental leave; tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans.

Sometimes, work can wait—we want you to lead an emotionally and physically healthy life outside of work. The position is based out of Tucson, Arizona—a unique location in a unique ecosystem. In the winter months, the desert floor offers ample opportunity for an active, outdoor lifestyle. In the summer months, the area boasts access to numerous mountain ranges to hike, climb, camp, or bike. If you want to stay indoors, Tucson is home to numerous museums, including the Tucson Museum of Art, the Children’s museum, and the Pima Air and Space Museum. Finally, when you get hungry, you’ll be in one of UNESCO’s Cities of Gastronomy.


Apply here. Please submit an application package that speaks directly to this position. There are no ‘right answers,’ ready-made expectations, or minimum requirements to apply. Please don’t send your transcripts or fret about them—your grades (good or imperfect) are not you. If you think you can do the job, we’d like to see your application. Show us your role in the Carini Lab’s future and Carini Lab’s role in yours. Tell us your story. Address some of the work we do. Introduce yourself as a colleague. Give it a deep think and take this at your speed. We’re giving you our full attention.

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