Research Assistant
Lowbush Blueberry Disease Program
School of Biology and Ecology
The research program for plant disease on lowbush blueberry is looking for a Research Assistant to conduct and support lowbush blueberry research. Tasks include implementing and documenting results of laboratory, field and greenhouse experiments. Research involves treatment application, and data collection, tabulation, analysis and summary.
Typically has the education associated with a B.S. or B.A. degree in a related area of science required. MS degree or equivalent experience preferred. Knowledge of and ability to apply experimental and registered pesticides is required; Certification as a Commercial Pesticide Applicators License for category 10 1B is required within 6 months of hire. Training through the IR-4 program to be certified under good laboratory practices is recommended. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required.  Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative and manage multiple tasks and deadlines are required.  Successful supervisory experience is preferred. The position requires the ability to travel, normally requiring a valid driver’s license. Ability to collect research samples in field conditions under sometimes adverse weather conditions and occasionally lift up to 30lbs.
This is a 12 month position, contingent on grant funding with a salary range of$30,170 – $33,500 depending upon qualifications and skills.  Review of applications to begin on August 26, 2013 and will continue until a suitable pool of candidates is found. The full job description can be found at  Appropriate background checks are required.
University of Maine is an EO/AA employer.
Please send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three referees to Dr. Seanna Annis via mail to  School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine, 5735 Hitchner Hall, Orono, ME, 04469-5735, or by email to