Open position: Research assistant at The Morton Arboretumle 14/08
The Morton Arboretum has an opening for a full-time Research Assistant position, ideally starting in late September. The duties for the position are split between Sean Hoban (conservation genetics) and Christy Rollinson (forest ecology) and will involve a mix of field and laboratory work, data management and analysis, & general lab management responsibilities. Some experience in molecular lab techniques & genetic data analysis, as well as some programming skills, would be highly desirable. Application deadline is August 14th, 2017.
The Research Assistant will participate in planning and executing laboratory and field work using a variety of instruments and methods, assist with lab management, organize and order supplies, maintain and inventory equipment, train and oversee volunteers. This individual will be be involved with the entire research process from data collection and analysis to manuscript preparation. The ideal candidate will be independently motivated and able to contribute to the intellectual development of projects though reading papers, designing studies, and independently analyzing data. There will be opportunity for the individual to collaborate on papers, present research at national meetings, and work with collaborators on international projects.
The Research Assistant must be well organized, communicate clearly, solve problems, be able to work without close supervision (after training), quickly learn new skills, and have strong attention to detail and meticulous record keeping. Applicants should have a strong background in plant sciences, ecology, evolutionary biology, informatics and/or molecular biology with both lab and field experience. A Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Natural Resources, Evolutionary Biology, Botany, Informatics, or related field is required and a Master’s degree and/or at least one year experience in laboratory, field, or statistical research is strongly preferred. The applicant must demonstrate curiosity, an ability to multi-task, an enthusiasm for ecology and genetics, and an interest in developing a broad range of skills in forest biodiversity science.
For more information on the position and how to apply, please see the description attached below or follow this link.