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January 30, 2023

Jr. Lab Tech - Full time / Full benefits, MSRS Pension, Paid Holidays, Vacation/Sick  Job posting # 353899
Offered in the Nematology Research Laboratory at the University of Minnesota – Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca, MN. This position provides laboratory support to faculty and staff researching Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN) and other plant parasitic nematodes. Work hours (Monday - Friday 7:30 am- 4:00 pm) Contact Cathy Johnson (507) 837-5649 for questions. For complete job description click Employment Opportunity link above. 

Essential Qualifications Employee Must Have: High school diploma or GED with some science courses and laboratory experience, or a combination of relevant academic and work experience can be substituted.

Selection Criteria/Preferred Employee Qualifications (Education/Training/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities):

1. Experience using microscopes
2. Experience with, or knowledge of greenhouse management

Job ID 353899 Apply

December a roller-coaster weather month

December 31, 2022

The year is ending with a potpourri of weather in December, starting the month with rain, some decent snows, then the bitter cold, wind and heavy snow last week, with the waning days of the month relatively balmy.

Drought persisted through fall, leaving soil moisture short

December 26, 2022

A persistent drought that stretched from mid-summer to late fall left soils dry as the freeze-up set in.

Snow adds little water to the landscape.

Tom Hoverstad, a scientist at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, is hopeful spring will bring rains that replenish soil moisture.