Research Technologist 2

Description The Baker and Jenkins lab is in search for a Research Technologist 2. The candidate will join a team working on the development of IPM strategies for the management of the mushroom phorid fly, Megaselia halterata, a severe pest of cultivated mushrooms in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States. M. halterata is also a severe nuisance pest to homeowners in residential arrears near mushroom farms. The candidate will provide a link between the research activities ongoing at University Park and the residents and mushroom growers in the Chester County region. The position will have a strong emphasis on extension activities during the phorid fly season (August (or time of hire) through December) and work from the Chester County Extension (Office location: 601 Westtown Road, Suite 370 Government Services Center West Chester, PA 19380-0990). The candidate will also provide research support to field trial and monitoring activities directed by the research team from University Park and will be responsible for coordinating the day to day operations of the homeowner interventions and the large-scale trails that will be set up on farms as part of the field trail program. Between January and July, the candidate will move to the University Park campus and assist with laboratory research on phorid flies from the University colony. These research activities will include efficacy trials on a range of biopesticide and chemical pesticide products, and assistance with chemicalecology studies on the identification of the sex pheromone of M. halterata, and potential attractants for adult female mushroom phorids. The candidate will work as part of a team and will collaborate with stakeholders in the mushroom industry. A strong candidate for this position will have experience with field research and data collection, and an interest in conducting extension activities and public liaison. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The position requires operating a motor vehicle as part of the job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility of re-funding. 83773
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
Less than 5 years

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