Research Technologist (Research Technologist LAT)

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 01 – E – Non-exempt
  • 02 – G – Non-exempt
  • 03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Science
Full/Part Time:


The root biology lab in the Department of Plant Science is seeking a highly motivated and innovative research technologist to work in the laser ablation tomography unit. The main objective of the lab is centered on building better plants by evaluating physiological and anatomical traits that optimize yield in nutrient and water stress environments. Laser ablation tomography (LAT) is currently being used to quantify some of those root anatomical traits with increased accuracy and runtime efficiency when compared to previously used technologies. The LAT technologist will perform a variety of innovative tasks associated with developing protocols and methodologies that maximize the utility of the lab’s LAT unit, analyze data from field experiments using LAT and other analytical equipment, advise faculty/researchers on any developments in the labs LAT technology, and work directly with post-doctoral scholars on the development of three-dimensional anatomical trait mapping technologies derived from LAT results. The LAT Technologist will oversee the daily operation of two separate LAT units by ensuring operation supplies are in stock, performing equipment repairs, certifying users for laser usage, enforcing safety protocols, mentor new and existing LAT users, assist in writing grant proposals related to furthering the lab’s objectives, collaborate with research personnel interested in LAT technology. In addition to LAT related responsibilities, the LAT technologist will work with other research staff to assist with greenhouse and field experiments. The Technologist must be able to work independently. The applicant should have a B.S. degree in biological or physical sciences or engineering. Experience with microscopy-based techniques such as confocal microscopy or laser capture microdissection, or with lasers would be useful. Experience in plant or soil science would be an asset. This job will be filled as a level 1, level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Level 1 typically requires a B.S. degree and one year of relevant experience. Level 2 requires a B.S. degree and 4 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Level 3 typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus seven years of related experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088