The Howeth Laboratory at the University of Alabama invites applications for a full-time research technician in community ecology beginning August 15, 2013. The technician will be involved in projects which aim to understand (1) succession in pond metacommunities and (2) the role of metacommunity dynamics in affecting the establishment, spread, and impact of non-native species, using freshwater plankton communities as a model system. The position is for 12 months, with responsibilities divided equally between field and laboratory work. Field work may include out-of-state travel for several weeks, and mesocosm experiments at the University of Alabama Tanglewood Biological Station. Laboratory work may include identification and enumeration of zooplankton, culturing of zooplankton, water chemistry analyses, and microsatellite DNA analyses.
Required qualifications: BS or MS in Biology, Ecology, or related science. Ability to tolerate harsh field conditions when necessary. Basic computer skills and familiarity with major software programs (word processing and database management). Ability to interact congenially with students.
Preferred qualifications: Previous experience in freshwater ecology and/or molecular ecology.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a vibrant university community with numerous cultural and recreational opportunities available. The newly constructed Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, located on the banks of the Black Warrior River and just minutes from the UA campus, brings a variety of shows and musicians to the city. Recreational activities such as canoeing and hiking are quite popular in the nearby Black Warrior and Sipsey River natural areas, and the Talladega National Forest.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Visit UA's staff employment website at http://jobs.ua.edu for more information and to apply. All applicants should submit a cover letter, a statement detailing relevant research experience, contact information for three references, and a CV. Job close date 05/30/2013. EOE/AA