Job opening: Microbial ecology technician

Do you like microbes and plants? Are you interested in how their interactions could influence prairie restoration?

The Grman and Price Labs in Eastern Michigan University’s Biology Department seek a research technician to help conduct research on legume-rhizobium interactions. Our NSF-funded research investigates how rhizobial communities differ between restored and remnant prairies, and how we can isolate beneficial strains of rhizobia to help improve restoration outcomes. Specific projects will include isolating, culturing, and identifying strains of rhizobia from lab-grown plants, conducting single-strain inoculation experiments, and assisting with student projects. The majority of the work will be in a microbiology lab, with additional tasks in support of plant growth chambers or greenhouse experiments or possibly field projects. The successful applicant may also have the opportunity to participate in other environmental microbiology research in our labs. They will also be encouraged to develop a small independent research project to examine additional questions of their own interest that build on the existing research ideas and/or study isolates.

The position will be based at Eastern Michigan University’s campus in Ypsilanti, MI. EMU’s Department of Biology hosts a vibrant community of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers in diverse areas of biology. Dates and hours of this position are somewhat flexible. Pay is $35,700/year with benefits for a full-time position or $17/hour for a part-time position.

To apply, please submit application materials to (search for “research assistant”; you want job number 2128; You will need to submit a cover letter along with a current resume/CV, unofficial transcript (as attachments), and the names and contact information for two professional references. In the cover letter, please indicate your dates of availability and the reason you are interested in the position. The successful candidate will hold at least a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, ecology, biology, or a related field; preference will be given to candidates with a M.S. or graduate coursework in relevant fields. Previous research experience, particularly in microbiology, is desirable. Applications must be received by December 15th.