The Spigler lab in the Biology Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA is looking for a full-time research technician. General research areas in the laboratory include plant ecology, evolution, and genetics, with emphasis on the evolutionary ecology of plant reproduction. The technician is expected to carry out greenhouse and field studies investigating the demographic impacts of variation in plant mating systems. Duties will include: extensive fieldwork throughout the year; plant care in greenhouse; data collection and organization; working with a team of undergraduate researchers; and general lab maintenance. Although the technician will be based at Temple University, frequent travel to field sites (within driving distance) is required. Fieldwork will require long days throughout the year under challenging conditions, including hot summer and cold winter months; it will involve initiating experimental populations, collecting demographic data, and performing pollinations.
Anticipated start date is May/June 2019. This is a one-year position and is ideal for individuals planning on pursuing a graduate degree in ecology or evolutionary biology. An extension beyond one year is possible, subject to performance review and funding. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits.
Qualifications: The candidate must have a BS or BA in biology, ecology, horticulture/plant sciences, or similar; experience in ecological field work; a valid driverâ€™s license and ability/willingness to travel; excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Previous experience working with and caring for plants is highly desirable. Experience with basic molecular techniques (DNA extraction, PCR) is preferred but not essential.
Interested? Please email as a single PDF document: a cover letter, CV including undergraduate GPA, and contact information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information on the lab, please visit http://rachelspigler.weebly.com .