Research Technician/Specialist in Ecosystem/Urban Ecology Lab, Tempe, AZ

The Hall Lab (, in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, seeks to hire a Research Specialist to assist with ecological field and laboratory research.  Principal Investigator Dr. Sharon J. Hall and her team conduct research on the ecology of native and managed ecosystems in the US and abroad.  ASU is located in Tempe, Arizona, a vibrant college town nestled in the central valley of metro Phoenix and close to countless outdoor recreational activities. The start date for this position is June 1, 2017, and the salary ranges from $35,000-$41,000 depending on experience.

A successful applicant will be expected to perform a wide variety of standard laboratory and field experimental procedures; collect, evaluate, analyze, and manage scientific data; assist with manuscript preparation; and supervise students in the duties above. The research specialist will work on a variety of tasks and projects related to ongoing projects in the Hall lab, including a nationwide study on the ecology of urban residential landscapes; a social-

ecological study of invasive plant species in Nepal; and other projects associated with the CAP LTER program,

Essential duties and responsibilities of the Research Specialist include:

=95=09Manage laboratory and field work, including protocol development and implementation

=95=09Analysis of new and existing datasets using statistical software such as R or SPSS

=95=09Maintain overall lab operations associated with our research in the areas of urban ecology, soil science, conservation science, and ecosystem biogeochemistry, including maintaining safety protocols and certifications in the lab; updating permits; ordering and stocking lab supplies; and maintain the budgets of multiple research projects

=95=09Perform analyses using GIS

=95=09Provide technical and analytical support to graduate and undergraduate students who are doing independent research projects

=95=09Plan and participate in lab and project meetings

Minimum Qualifications:=20 =95=09Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; or a Master=92s degree, or six years of research or experience appropriate to the area of assignment; or any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

=95=09Experience conducting ecological or biological fieldwork and laboratory analyses, including troubleshooting equipment or methods in the lab and field

=95=09Ability to work independently and with people from a variety of backgrounds.=20 =95=09Good written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to work collaboratively in teams

=95=09Basic office skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office programs

=95=09Valid driver=92s license, the ability to drive an off-road vehicle, and the ability to lift up to 35 lbs.

=95=09Willingness to work occasional odd hours, weekends, or evenings to accommodate lab or field work in an outdoor setting

=95=09Experience with scientific writing

Desired Qualifications:=20 =95=09Master=92s degree in a field appropriate to the research area of the lab=20 =95=09Experience in a biogeochemical or analytical research laboratory in the environmental sciences. =95=09Evidence of organizational skills, attention to detail, and supervision of students or staff.

=95=09Knowledge of basic analytical chemistry (such as reagent preparation, types of lab ware and their proper use, etc.) and instrumentation (e.g. gas chromatograph, colorimetric analyzer, environmental sensors)

=95=09Knowledge of data management, experimental design and statistical analyses in ecological studies.

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