The Potnis lab at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University is seeking a research associate I/II/III to work on a project aimed at understanding plant microbiome under biotic or abiotic stress and dissecting the microbial interactions using synthetic microbial communities. The candidate should have a strong background with training and demonstrated experience in microbiology and/ plant pathology. The candidates with background in sequencing data analysis or prior experience in microbiome-related projects are encouraged to apply. The appointment is for initial period of one year and with possibility to continue up to four years, depending on performance as well as availability of funding.

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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct routine experiments in microbiome projects using basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques
  • Assist supervisor in planning and conducting experiments in growth chamber and greenhouse settings
  • Collect and process research samples and data according to written protocols
  • Perform data entry and assist in report preparation and presentation of results
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Plant Sciences, or a closely related field by the time employment begins. Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

No experience required for entry level I

Research Associate II: Master’s degree in the areas listed above and 2 years of relevant experience in research practices and protocols.

Research Associate III: Master’s degree in the areas listed above and 4 years of relevant experience in research practices and protocols.

*When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.


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