The plant disease ecology lab headed by Dr. Charles E. Mitchell at UNC Chapel 
Hill is seeking two full-
time field assistants to conduct research in the summer and fall of 2018. 
Assistants will work on a grant-
funded project examining the role of the plant microbiome in pathogen 
transmission. In particular, this 
project aims to investigate the ecological and evolutionary consequences of 
interactions among fungi 
infecting the same host individuals and host populations. Most work will be 
done in the field, but the 
position will also include some work in the lab. Work will include surveys of 
plots for disease symptoms, 
collecting plant samples in the field, processing plant samples for lab assays, 
and isolating and culturing 
fungal pathogens from infected plant material.
a) A valid driver’s license and personal mode of transportation to an 
off-campus field site
b) Experience conducting field research in ecology
c) Willingness and ability to work early mornings, outdoors in summer heat, and 
in inclement weather
d) Ability to work well independently and with a team, pay attention to detail, 
and maintain exceptional 
communication skills
a) Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
b) Experience with basic biological wet-lab procedures, especially culturing 
Special Physical and Mental Requirements (ADA considerations): Field work will 
involve long periods of 
time spent kneeling and bending over to observe disease symptoms in vegetation.
Hourly rate: $12.20/hr – Housing not provided.
Start Date: May 14th, 2018
Job Duration: 5 – 6 months.
TO APPLY and view the complete job posting, please visit 
and reference position 
S012294. Be prepared to provide a one-page cover letter, a resume, and contact 
info for two people 
who can serve as references.

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