Research Technician Position in Algal Ecology at Florida International University

A research technician position is available in the Algal Ecology Laboratory ( of the Institute of Water and Environment at Florida International University ( to conduct research in the Florida Everglades. This position is affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program ( and will include integrative field and experimental research, and public outreach.

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. The Institute of Water and Environment is an FIU Preeminent Program in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education. It supports interdisciplinary research, interactive education, and public engagement by linking top scientists with thought-leaders and business professionals, as well as local, state, and federal collaborators to foster environmental sustainability. The FCE LTER, based at FIU, is a very active community of over 70 scientists and 60 graduate students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting community and ecosystem changes in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and large-scale freshwater restoration.


The technician will work as part of a team under general supervision performing a variety of field, laboratory and administrative tasks on Everglades research projects. The position will involve field sampling of algae, plants, water and aquatic consumers and operation of automated sensors in harsh conditions in the Everglades. Laboratory activities include biological sample processing according to fixed protocols, and use of microscopes to identify, count and catalogue Everglades algae and invertebrates. The technician will also help prepare and analyze data for reports, publications, scientific presentations and staff meetings.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in environmental field.

Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with microscopes, basic knowledge of field and laboratory methods for algae analysis, prior operation of boats and trucks, ability to solve minor technical problems related to various instruments, computers and software in the lab, effective analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, methodical procedural approaches & planning, project management, accountability, self-direction, mentoring (lab assistants).

Advertised Salary: $32,000 – $38,000 commensurate with education and experience.

How to Apply: Visit (external) or (FIU employees), job opening ID 517938: Sr. Laboratory Technician. Applications should be completed by June 1, 2019 for full consideration. Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume/ curriculum vitae, cover letter or any other documents within the application process.  It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume into one attachment. Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. For questions about the position or application process, contact Dr. Evelyn Gaiser,

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity and recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers 196 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program houses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit