Full-Time Research Specialist position – Arizona State University
Duties and Responsibilities The Urban and Stream Ecosystems Laboratory (Nancy Grimm=92s research group) with the School of Life Sciences will be hiring a Research Specialist/Lab Manager to assist with ecological and biogeochemical field and laboratory research. Dr. Grimm and her team are conducting research on aridland streams and urban aquatic systems. The Research Specialist/Lab Manager will work with researchers in stream ecology (with a long-term project on Sycamore Creek, AZ and a new collaborative project studying stream metabolism across the continent) and urban ecology (with the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER and Urban Resilience to Extremes SRN). This position is funded by various grants for an initial appointment of one year, with an expectation of extension to the end of the funding period of the grants (December 2020). Continuation beyond the end of the grants is contingent on future grant funding. The start date is 1 July 2017, and the salary range is $38,000 – $45,000 per year (depending on experience).
The successful applicant will perform a variety of work including standard field and laboratory observational and experimental procedures; installation, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of field sensors; laboratory organization and maintenance; collection, evaluation, analysis, and management of ecological data; and assistance with preparation of graphical material and manuscripts. The Research Specialist also will supervise undergraduate field and laboratory assistants. Field and laboratory research includes measurements of physical properties and structure of stream/riparian systems; biotic standing crops of e.g., algae, invertebrates, and wetland vegetation; biogeochemical and hydrologic processes; and ecosystem metabolism.
Minimum Qualifications=96 Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences or a related field AND two years related ecological or biogeochemical research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. =95=09Experience conducting ecological field and laboratory analyses, including troubleshooting equipment and methods. =95=09Driver=92s license and ability to drive an off-road vehicle
=95=09Willingness and ability to work outdoors in sometimes hot conditions, ability to carry equipment and field supplies up to 40 lb.
=95=09Basic office skills and proficiency with standard computer platforms and software. =95=09Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Desired Qualifications=96 Experience with: stream metabolism and nutrient spiraling measurements; standard techniques of water chemistry analysis; stream monitoring instrumentation, particularly hydrologic gauging instruments, automated water samplers (ISCO), field sensors (chloride, nitrate (SUNA), pressure transducers, micrometeorology instrumentation), data loggers, and sondes; statistical software such as R; GIS and other spatial mapping or analysis tools. Experience or knowledge of: stream ecology, hydrology, or biogeochemistry; taxonomy of benthic macroinvertebrates and/or benthic algae; using isotopes in ecological or hydrological research; using spreadsheets, databases and/or other data management software. Arizona State University is located in Tempe, Arizona, a vibrant college town in the Salt River valley of metro Phoenix in central Arizona, and close to countless outdoor recreational activities. ASU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume/CV to Lindsey Pollard at Lindsey.Pollard@asu.edu. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and will be accepted until 1 June.