Archbold Biological StationÃ¢Â€Â™s Buck Island Ranch (BIR), and the Institute
for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of
Illinois (UIUC), Urbana-Champaign seeks a full time technician. Archbold
operates a full scale working cattle ranch at BIR, which provides a
unique platform for long-term agro-ecology research. The successful
intern will be supervised by Drs. Evan H DeLucia (UIUC;
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Dr. Elizabeth Boughton (BIR).
The overall goal of the project is to investigate the environmental
sustainability of sugarcane for biofuel production. Our objectives are
to: (1) Characterize the impact of sugarcane cultivation on the
regulation of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs; CO2, CH4 and N2O) compared to
managed grazed pasture; (2) Quantify the efficiency at which sugarcane
and pastures use water; and, (3) explore the impact of sugarcane
cultivation on nitrogen and phosphorus losses versus pasture.
This is a non-tenured, full time, 12-month position, and can be renewed
annually for an additional two years, contingent on progress, and the
availability of funds.
*MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*
The successful candidate will assist with the maintenance of eddy
covariance towers, and with sampling of field experiments at BIR in
Florida, U.S. The balance of the technicianÃ¢Â€Â™s time will be spent in the
laboratory for the following: analyzing soil, water, gas, and plant
samples; preparing field supplies; maintaining field instrumentation
related to this project (including eddy covariance, canopy and soil
chambers); processing data. Depending on experience, there is also
opportunity to assist with data compilation and analysis.
*Required qualifications*: A bachelorÃ¢Â€Â™s degree in biology, environmental
science, chemistry, or related field; basic computer skills (MS Word,
*Preferred qualifications: *Research experience in the field and in the
laboratory related to biogeochemistry (e.g., trace gas flux
measurements, soil and water sampling, gas chromatography, eddy
covariance); experience working on farms and with farmers; experience
working in subtropical and tropical sugarcane plantations and rangeland.
Demonstrated knowledge of troubleshooting environmental monitoring
equipment is desired.
The position is located at BIR, a 10,500-acre cattle ranch near Lake
Placid, FL, with shared housing available on site.This is a full-time
position, although the duties of the jobs may change as contract or
grant turnover occurs.Competitive salary with full benefits.Applicants
should send 1) a letter of application, 2) a resume or CV with relevant
coursework and experience, and 3) names, phone numbers and e-mail
addresses for three references to Dr. Nuria Gomez-Casanovas at
deadline is *Feb 15, 2020*, and the position will remain open until
filled.Contact Dr. Gomez-Casanovas via e-mail for more information.