Research Technician

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 080300 - FWRC-Wildlife,Fisheries&Aquaculture
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Assist and implement research projects through collaboration between Mississippi State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services at the South Farm Aquaculture Facility.

Salary Grade:  11

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges.  

Department Profile:

Mississippi State University is a top-ranked research institution and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture (WFA) has a strong applied focus in wildlife conservation and management. The department is well-known for its highly collegial and interdisciplinary faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research and extension associates. Our 300 undergraduate students concentrate in wildlife agriculture science, human-wildlife interactions, conservation biology, wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation law enforcement, and wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture science. The department also houses 60 graduate students across a variety of programs. For additional information see and

Area of Specialization:

Aquaculture and Wildlife

Anticipated Appointment Date:

June 2024

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Assistance to USDA APHIS WS principal investigators and MSU MAFES/FWRC principal investigators on research projects at the South Farm Aquaculture Facility
2. Coordinate USDA and APHIS projects with Aquaculture Manager and staff at the South Farm Aquaculture Facility
3. Provide support to normal facility operations, animal management and experimental
4. Overnight travel occasionally required for implementing field studies.
5. Fish and animal care in a laboratory and aquaculture environment. Feeding and cleaning tank systems and animal holding facilities on a regular basis. Checking fish and potentially birds or other experimental animals for behavior and health.
6. Assisting and managing experimental preparation and implementation. Inventory of needed supplies and ordering or picking up local supplies as needed. Planning for experimental sampling needs and labelling of vials, containers, etc.
7. Working in a team environment and individually.
8. Data collection, entry and management using spreadsheet software such as Excel
9. Potential assistance with data analysis using statistical software such as JMP, SAS and R
10. Conducting sample analyses on analytical equipment under supervision from principal investigators
11. Facility and equipment maintenance and coordination with MSU Physical Plant as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in fisheries, natural resources, or related field. Experience may be substituted for the education requirement at a rate of one (1) year of relevant experience per year of required education.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with: research process, data collection and analysis, statistical software, laboratory
analytical equipment, water quality testing, fish and animal husbandry, inorganic chemistry,
writing scientific articles

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strong verbal and written communications skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Working in a wet laboratory, animal facility, and outdoors. Exposure to seasonal changes in temperature at these facilities, as well as working indoors and with fish in tank systems. Job frequently requires sitting, hearing/listening, oral and written communication, and handling objects with hands. Job requires standing, walking, reaching and regularly requires lifting objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply via and submit resume and cover letter. Send unofficial transcripts with social security numbers redacted to Peter Allen,

Screening Date:

February 28, 2024, until filled.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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