Research Technician Kuehn Lab

Full Time
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

This is a mid-level technician position that is funded by a 4-year collaborative project through DARPA-Arcadia ( entitled IMPEDE: Inhibiting Molds with Probiotic Ensembles from Diverse Environments. Duties of the research technician will include supporting research pursuant to the project objectives and working closely with project collaborators from Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Work is performed under the supervision of a technical supervisor. The position will be located on the Hattiesburg campus, and some travel will be required depending on specific research needs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates scientific research efforts of moderate complexity, helping define the scope and objectives of the research.
  • Participates in the collection and analysis of data.
  • Maintain necessary research supplies and infrastructure, dictated by research objectives.
  • Follow all field and lab safety protocols.
  • Write analytical reports focused on research objectives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor’s Degree in biology or related field, from an accredited college or university; OR an Associate's Degree in biology or related field and 2 yrs. of experience. Related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Experience operating and maintaining laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Experience executing and reporting of experiments.
  • Proficient use of personal computers and applications including Microsoft Office and statistical software.
  • The ability to take detailed direction and work independently.
  • The ability to be proactive, resourceful, and self-motivated.
  • Strong technical communication skills both in the written and verbal form.
Preferred Qualifications
Applicants having experience in microbial ecology, mycology, microbiology, and/or high-resolution light and fluorescent microscopy would be considered a plus.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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