The Keller Lab at the University of Vermont 
( is seeking to fill a full-time lab 
technician position in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics. The primary 
responsibilities of the technician are to perform molecular biology experiments 
in support of plant genetics and genomics experiments, including isolation and 
analysis of ancient DNA from degraded samples. Essential functions will be to 
design and optimize marker systems applied to analyzing polymorphism from plant 
pollen buried in sediment cores, perform lab experiments to sequence and 
genotype samples, and analyze the resulting sequence polymorphisms to determine 
how historic population genetic variability was shaped by climate change. 
Additional responsibilities will include supporting the maintenance of plants 
growing in controlled environments, assist in maintaining lab safety 
requirements, oversight and ordering of lab supplies, and assisting 
undergraduate students in the lab.

The technician will work independently and as part of collaborative groups, and 
possess excellent time management skills to achieve goals within the framework 
of established guidelines and timeframes. Minimum qualifications: a B.S. in 
Plant Biology or closely related field; prior experience working in an ancient 
DNA lab, prior research lab experience using molecular biology techniques in 
plant genetics (DNA/RNA extraction, primer design, PCR, qRT-PCR, DNA 
sequencing, genotyping, restriction digests). Desirable qualifications include: 
Experience with genetic cloning and transformation in plant systems; ability to 
troubleshoot and optimize new protocols; and experience with R programming for 
analysis of genomic data.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the 
diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to 
include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
To apply, go to the UVM jobs board ( and search for 
posting # S1880PO.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Steve Keller (

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without 
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, 
national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category 
legally protected by federal or state law.

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