Research Laboratory Specialist Associate
SALARY RANGE: $30,000 to $34,000, commensurate on experience
DURATION: This is a full-time position for 1-year, available as soon as July 1st, 2013.
JOB SUMMARY: The successful applicant will work in Dr. Bradley Cardinales (firstname.lastname@example.org) freshwater ecology laboratory in the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. SNRE's mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. For more information about ongoing research in the Cardinale lab, please visit http://www.snre.umich.edu/cardinale.
JOB DESCRIPTION: The successful applicant will help manage the lab as well as assist with experiments that focus on the ecological impacts of biodiversity change in streams and lakes. Specific responsibilities will include (1) setting up and maintaining cultures of freshwater organisms, including various species of stream and lake algae and invertebrates that are used in laboratory and field experiments, (2) overseeing employee safety training, as well as lab compliance with University of Michigan requirements for environmental health and safety, (3) ordering and ensuring proper installation, calibration, operation, and maintenance of laboratory and field research supplies and equipment, (4) assist with the preparation, set-up, maintenance, and collection of data from laboratory and field-based experiments, (5) use of standard methods to perform a variety of limnological analyses ranging from physical and chemical characterization of water samples, to analysis and identification of biological samples of algae and invertebrates, (6) manage project databases and assist with summaries and preliminary analyses of the data, (7) supervise a small number (1-3 individuals) of undergraduate research assistants.
REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must have a Bachelor's degree in Ecology, Environmental Science, Biology, a closely related field, or a combination of experience and education. Prior experience working in freshwater habitats or with freshwater organisms is desirable. Candidate must be familiar with basic limnological techniques for assessing water quality, measuring algal biomass, and methods of identifying freshwater organisms.
Apply online at http://umjobs.org/ for job number 81020. Applications are due by 5/3/2013. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.