Lab manager position – nutritional physiology, insect behavioral ecology

The Cease Lab at Arizona State University is hiring a lab manager to manage research logistics focused on insect nutritional physiology, plant-insect interactions, and ecology.

Click here for more details and to apply: Research Technician, Cease Lab, ASU

Please contact Rick Overson with any additional questions.

If you are currently an ASU staff employee, please apply through the ‘ASU employees’ link on and search for the job posting through there using the internal search code: 55253BR.

Job Description

Performs a wide variety of standard laboratory procedures including assisting with running experiments, insect husbandry, chemical analyses, overseeing lab safety, and other clerical duties pertaining to laboratory operation. Position will be in the Cease Lab at ASU where research focuses on terrestrial ecology, plant-insect interactions, insect physiology, coupled natural-human systems, and sustainable agriculture. The research group collaborates extensively with interdisciplinary biologists, social scientists, and plant protection agencies both locally and internationally. This position requires resourcefulness and adaptability to the unique and changing needs of the research team.

Essential Duties

•    Oversee maintenance of the research lab, procuring supplies and equipment, lab safety, and other clerical duties.

•    Assist with running experiments involving nutrient content analyses of soil, plants, and insects, as well as insect behavior and nutritional ecology

•    Supervise undergraduate students running standard protocols in the lab, such as chemical assays

•    Assist with the recording, analysis, and management of data

•    Work with locusts. Locusts are known to be allergenic. While we have robust allergen-reducing controls in the laboratory, it is paramount that the candidate not have unmanageable pre-existing allergies to arthropods and be able to work in the locust facilities wearing appropriate PPE.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Four years research 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.

Desired Qualifications

•    1+ year(s) experience working in a research laboratory

•    Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills

•    Demonstrated standard laboratory bench skills (i.e. pipetting, following protocols for methods such as chemical or molecular analyses)

•    Demonstrated capacity to work well with interdisciplinary teams or with diverse groups and sectors, including leading teams as relevant

•    Experience planning for and carrying out laboratory biology research

•    Experience working with live animal cultures particularly insects

Working Environment

•    Activities are performed either in an office or laboratory setting

•    Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work

•    Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds

•    Clearly communicate to perform essential functions

•    Travel internationally