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Research Associate
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
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Date Posted 10/01/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description:

The purpose of the Research Associate position is to conduct physiological and genetic mapping experiments to understand drought escape responses in plants.

-Job Details:

General Notes

Earliest start date is November 1, 2019. Position is initially for one year, end date is October 31, 2020, renewable based on performance and new funding acquisition.


  • Lead and manage experiments studying natural variation in drought escape responses in Arabidopsis thaliana. These experiments will involve various mapping populations and experimental manipulations of photoperiod, drought, and ABA application. Utilize RNA-seq assays to study natural variation in transcriptome responses using eQTL analyses. Conduct similar studies with rice near-isogenic lines when possible. Conduct analyses and lead the preparation and submission of manuscripts related to the Human Frontiers in Science Project.

  • Work closely with project collaborators to integrate natural variation and molecular studies of drought escape. Help facilitate conference calls and interaction with Dr. Conti and Dr. Izawa, Co-PI's on the Human Frontiers in Science Project. Plan, design, and execute molecular studies of stress escape mechanisms.

  • Help to train and mentor postdoctoral fellows, graduate, and undergraduate researchers from the lab in plant molecular biology.

  • Assist with applications for the renewal of funding as co-PI, including the development of new research streams associated with life history evolution in grasses.

  • Present research results at conferences and meetings.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated individual with a solid background in Plant Molecular Biology, experience developing independent research, and a track record of publication in high quality journals. The candidate should hold a PhD degree (or equivalent international degree) in Plant Molecular Biology. The candidate is expected to have good communication skills and be capable of working in a team environment.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience studying plant stress biology – experience with Arabidopsis thaliana – experience with the molecular genetic pathways involved in flowering time.

Salary Range


Working Conditions

  • May work in all weather conditions

  • May work in extreme temperatures

  • May work around standard office conditions

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Use of manual dexterity

Required Materials

  • Curriculum Vitae, including publications

  • Minimum of three letters of reference, at least two of which must be from referees outside of the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Letter of interest

  • Research Statement

  • PhD Verification (copy of diploma or copy of official transcript in English with "degree awarded" information)

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

-Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

-Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

-Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

-Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

-Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.


The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197.

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