Job: MortonArboretum.3.ResAssist.TreeConservation

Position Available:  Research Assistant I  Tree Conservation Biology

*Classification:  *Full-time, Non-Exempt

*Department:  *Science and Conservation

*General Summary*:  Research Assistants participate in laboratory
and/or field operations for research programs in the Center for Tree
Science, a global hub of research and expertise focused entirely on
trees. Research Assistants at The Morton Arboretum are involved in
all aspects of research: designing studies, planning and executing
laboratory and field work, utilizing a variety of scientific instruments,
assisting with lab management, testing protocols, training volunteers,
organizing data, performing analysis, reading scientific literature,
interpreting results, and editing manuscripts.  The Morton Arboretum
strongly emphasizes professional development.  There will be opportunities
to collaborate on scientific publications, present research at scientific
meetings, and build new skills.

*Desired Skills and Experience for Tree Conservation Biology Position:*
Bachelor’s degree in ecology/evolution, geography, plant conservation,
informatics, spatial statistics or similar field is required; a Master’s
degree is preferred. Applicants should have some experience with DNA lab
work (e.g. PCR, etc.) and basic computer programming. Preferred experience
includes one or more of: genetic/genomic data analysis, laboratory
management, mathematical modeling or geospatial work (e.g. ArcGIS,
niche modeling, etc.). Experience performing PCR, DNA extraction, NGS,
labeling and organizing samples, supervising or training others, and/or
trouble-shooting lab protocols is desired. Experience using statistical
software (SAS, JMP, STATA, R etc.) and working with large or complex data
is beneficial. Strong attention to detail, meticulous record keeping
(e.g.  lab notebooks, coding), and an interest in plant conservation
is essential.  Application review will start Sept 1.  Position will
be open until filled.Please contact Sean Hoban (
for more information

Sean Hoban  |  Tree Conservation Biologist  |  The Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois Rt 53, 3rd Floor Research Bldg, room 324, Lisle, IL
630-719-2419  |  |  Tweets @seanmhoban

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