[ES_JOBS_NET] Permanent Lab Manager - Ecosystem Science - Northern Arizona University

Mariah S Carbone Mariah.Carbone at nau.edu
Tue Jan 2 13:44:08 MST 2018

Please circulate the following ad to potential candidates. This is a permanent, full-time lab manager position at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Allowable relocation expenses will be reimbursed, up to 5% of annual salary. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 20. The position is available immediately.

Flagstaff ’s phenomenally beautiful setting, excellent recreational and outdoor opportunities, superb weather, and relaxed culture make this a wonderful place to live, work, and enjoy life!  See, for example: http://www.bestchoiceschools.com/20-great-small-college-towns-with-great-quality-of-life/

Thank you and best wishes for 2018-
Andrew Richardson and Mariah Carbone


We are seeking a Research Associate with strong interests in ecosystem science and plant physiology to join the lab of Professors Andrew Richardson and Mariah Carbone on the Flagstaff campus of Northern Arizona University. Research in the lab is focused on ecosystem carbon cycling in the context of global change. Current research projects emphasize carbon allocation in plants, using observational and experimental approaches, including isotopes and trace gas fluxes. The Research Associate will be responsible for coordinating lab activities, including participating in field sampling, conducting wet-lab analysis of plant and soil samples, and supervising undergraduate technicians.

Example of duties and responsibilities:
• Coordinates field work and sample analysis
• Conducts field sampling
• Prepares and processes plant samples for chemical analysis (e.g. nonstructural carbohydrates, pigment extraction, etc.)
• Prepares samples for isotopic (13C, 14C) analysis (vacuum line, graphitization)
• Develops and tests protocols
• Orders supplies and tracks expenses
• Maintains instruments and equipment for field and lab
• Maintains lab standards, calibrates instruments
• Coordinates lab safety training and compliance
• Manages and organizes data sets
• Manages and supervises undergraduate technicians
• Trains graduate students in laboratory technique
• Assists with instrument-based measurements and maintenance in the field (data loggers, met stations, eddy covariance flux systems, soil CO2 flux, etc.)
• Assists with the design, set-up, and maintenance of field experiments
• Contributes to the analysis and interpretation of data, and to writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
• Contributes to the preparation of research proposals
• Facilitates lab events (weekly lab meetings, project meetings and workshops, retreats, etc.)
• Manages lab travel logistics and planning

Minimum qualifications:
• Master of Science degree in Ecology, Plant physiology, Biogeochemistry, Soil science, Analytical chemistry, Earth system science, or a related STEM field
• At least 3 years relevant professional (post M.S. or post-doctoral) research experience

Preferred qualifications:
• PhD in Ecology, Plant physiology, Biogeochemistry, Soil science, Analytical chemistry, Earth system science, or a STEM related field
• Graduate-level training in analytical chemistry
• Graduate-level training in the use of isotopes as tracers for biological processes
• Training in ecology and plant physiology
• Training in statistics at the graduate level
• Experience conducting ecological field work in remote locations.

More information (and an online application) is available here:

If the above link doesn’t work, the position can also be located by clicking “Search Jobs Now” on this web page:
And then entering the job number, 603561, as a keyword.

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