Research Technicians studying Trophic and Quantitative Ecology


Posting Number: 201102350

Position Title: Research Technician-Biological Sciences (Lemoine Lab)-two positions

Employment Status: Full Time

Position Status: Limited Term (End date: 07/31/2023)

Position Type: Staff

Position Overview: The Lemoine Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University studies how species interactions determine the structure and function of natural ecosystems. Currently, the lab is initiating an NSF-funded project to examine the role of invertebrate herbivores in grassland ecosystem function (e.g. primary production, nutrient cycling). Two research technician positions are available starting in fall 2019 or winter 2020 to work on the NSF project, as well as assist with laboratory maintenance, organization, and general research. The position would be a member of the lab who participates in all research projects. Funding is available for 3-4 years.

Duties and Responsibilities: Construct and maintain drought shelters and herbivore cages. Collect and rear invertebrate herbivores (primarily grasshoppers/caterpillars). Collect field and laboratory ecological data. Organize data files and maintain experimental records. Routine lab maintenance including cleaning, washing glassware, autoclaving, etc. Participate in lab research projects and meetings with all other lab personnel.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related field or high school education (some college preferred) with 1-2 years of related lab experience. Must be willing to work flexible hours as necessary. Successful candidate will be expected to exhibit individual initiative, work independently; be technically proficient and accurate; effectively communicate in both written reports and presentations; initiate and ensure compliance with applicable safety procedures; and possess attention to detail.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Position requires a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree in an ecological field is preferable. Previous experience with plant identification, particularly related to northern Great Plains grasses and forbs, is preferred. Prior experience with both laboratory and field work is necessary, as well as knowledge of appropriate field safety, as field work will likely require long hours in hot and/or humid conditions. Technicians will be expected to operate sensitive equipment, such as LICOR gas exchange analyzers, pressure bombs, microbalances, etc. Previous experience with such equipment is not necessary, but preferred.

Department: Biological Sciences

Posting Date: 09/11/2019

Special Instructions to Applicants: All applications for this position must be received through Marquette University’s electronic recruiting system. Please attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae, as well as the names and contact information for two references.

The full job description and application is available online.