[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Associate, Ecosystem ecology & Biogeochemistry Lab

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Apr 11 01:35:00 MDT 2017

JOB OPENING: Research Associate, Ecosystem ecology & Biogeochemistry Lab

The Phillips lab at Indiana University is seeking a highly-motivated
individual to join our team as a Research Associate. Research in the
Phillips lab focuses on quantifying how plant-microbe interactions
influence biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes in forests (*please
visit: phillipslab.bio.indiana.edu <http://phillipslab.bio.indiana.edu/>*).
The successful applicant will be responsible for leading and conducting
fieldwork from April to October (at multiple forest sites across the
eastern and Midwestern US), and coordinating lab work during the
non-growing season. Field duties include collecting soil and plant tissue
samples, deploying ingrowth cores, capturing minirhizotron images,
maintaining field plots, setting and re-measuring dendrometer bands,
downloading data from data loggers, and supervising field campaigns. Lab
duties include: maintaining a clean and safe work environment, ordering
supplies, overseeing lab finances, supervising lab personnel, training and
mentoring undergraduate researchers and technicians, operating and
maintaining scientific instruments, analyzing and organizing data, and
helping to write and edit manuscripts.

*Qualifications:* A B.S. in the biological sciences is required (focus in
ecology, biogeochemistry, environmental science, or soil science) and a
M.S. is strongly preferred. Overall, the successful applicant must be
well-organized, detail-oriented, posses strong analytical and interpersonal
skills, and able to work effectively with minimal supervision as part of a
research team. The successful applicant should have experience with flow
injection and combustion/gas analyzers, soil analyses, and data
organization/analysis, and a willingness to travel to remote field sites to
conduct physically-strenuous field work, often under adverse conditions. An
ability to carry heavy samples and supplies (up to 30 lbs.) in a backpack
across rugged terrain is vital. The successful applicant will need to have
access to a reliable vehicle for fieldwork (mileage will be reimbursed).

*Salary:* $37,000. Full benefits included (see
<http://www.indiana.edu/%7Euhrs/benefits/index.html> *for details). The
initial appointment is for one year, starting as soon as possible
(preferably by early July), with the strong possibility of an extension
depending on funds and satisfactory performance.

*To apply: *Please submit 1) a brief cover letter describing your
research/educational background, why you're interested in the position, and
the date you are available to start, 2) a CV that lists pertinent courses
(with GPA) and previous research experience, and the names and contact info
(including  email addresses) of *three* references. All materials should be
submitted via the link: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/3798. For
full consideration, all materials must be submitted by May 12, 2017. For
additional questions, email Dr. Rich Phillips (rpp6 at indiana.edu).

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer
and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race,
religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability
status or protected veteran status.
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