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Full-time Fisheries Technician in Santa Cruz, CA

We are currently recruiting a fisheries field technician for spring 2018-June 2019. This position will involve setting up PIT tag arrays, as well as capturing, PIT tagging, and monitoring juvenile steelhead and rainbow trout in the Carmel River. The position will be about 75% field work and 25% field prep/data entry. The position comes with full benefits.

The full job description and application procedure can be found here:
https://jobs.ucsc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=70720

Interested persons are welcome to email me with questions at haley.ohms@noaa.gov

Advisor Meet and Greet for Rising Sophomores

 

Ready, Set, Go! Sophomore Transition Series for Rising Sophomores

Advisor Meet and Greet
Tuesday, April 24th  3-5 pm
Commons Plaza

  • Meet your departmental advisors
  • Spin to win VCU Biology prize
  • Tour VCU Biology advising center
  • Enter raffle drawing for prize

ESA Science Outreach Intern

The ESA Office of Science Programs (https://www.esa.org/esa/science/) seeks an energetic senior undergraduate, recent graduate, or graduate student with strong communication and organizational skills to enhance our communication and outreach endeavors and help manage special ESA meetings, workshops, and training events. A basic background in and appreciation for ecology, biology, and/or environmental sciences is desired.

This is a paid, part-time internship based in ESA’s downtown Washington, DC office, with occasional travel to events in the greater DC area. The position is funded from May 29 – August 31, 2018 and pays $15 per hour.

For details and the official job posting, please see:
https://www.esacareercenter.org/job/903469/science-outreach-intern/

Applications due by Friday, April 20th.

The Science of Networking

Thursday, April 19, 2018: 4 – 5 pm

The Department of Biology and VCU Career Services present a workshop for STEM students in Harris Hall, Room 4153, focusing on networking skills.  Learn about successful introductions and first impressions, elevator pitches, effective interaction at conferences or other professional events, and maintaining communication with new contacts. All students are welcome. Please contact bioadvising@vcu.edu with questions.

Career Trek: Richmond Brewing April 6th

VCU Career Services hosts Career Trek: Richmond Breweries on Friday, April 6th

Studying one of the sciences, but not quite sure what you can “do” with that after graduation? Join VCU Career Services on a Career Trek to explore the Science of Brewing!

Craft brewing (and brewing in general) is at its core both an art and a science. During this Career Trek, we’re going to tour two RVA craft breweries and have in-depth discussions with their Head/Master Brewers about the science aspects of the industry. You will learn knowledge and skills needed to tap into the industry.

Schedule:
Friday, April 6th
12:30 PM – Students requesting transportation meet Career Services Staff in the pick-up/drop-off loop outside the Floyd Avenue entrance of the University Student Commons*
1:00 PM – Arrive at Väsen Brewing for tour and talk with head brewer. Emphasis on sustainable brewing
2:15 PM – Depart Väsen
2:45 PM – Arrive at Three Notch’d Brewing for tour and talk with head brewer, Stefan.
4:00 PM – Return to campus
Disclaimers:
– Due to the nature of this event we are only able to have 20 participants, and transportation is limited to 10 participants. There is a $5 registration fee to participate in this event (refundable only if you provide 48 hours notice of cancellation).
– Although no alcohol will be consumed/provided, and participants are prohibited from purchasing alcohol during this event, all participants must be at least 21 years of age.*All registrants must indicate if they will be riding in the van, or providing their own transportation to the event. Please select the appropriate option under “Item Fee” to indicate this.Registration link herehttps://goo.gl/8WQdiiAdditional questions? Please reach out to us at hirevcurams@vcu.edu.

Laboratory-Based Research Assistant

A 12-month Research Assistant position is available to assist in studies of the toxic dinoflagellate responsible for ciguatera fish poisoning. The position is primarily laboratory-based and will include isolating and culturing algae, and basic molecular biology work such as PCR. Other studies are possible, depending on background. The position is open without preference to B.S. and M.S. degree holders, salary will be commensurate with experience. Prior work in either algal culture or molecular biology is strongly preferred, experience with both is a definite plus.

The position is in the Erdner laboratory at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, TX (http://sites.utexas.edu/erdnerlab/). Questions about the position should be directed to derdner@utexas.edu.

The position is posting # 18-03-21-01-4222 at the University of Texas. To apply:

https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/180321014222

Plant Disease Ecology Field Assistants

The Mitchell lab at UNC-CH is seeking two full-time field assistants to help conduct research in plant disease ecology in the summer and fall of 2018. Assistants will work on a grant-funded project examining the role of the plant microbiome in pathogen transmission. Most work will be done in the field, but the position will also include work in the lab. Work will include collecting data and plant samples in the field, processing plant samples for lab assays, and culturing fungal pathogens from infected plant material.

Required Qualifications:
a) A valid driver’s license and personal mode of transportation to an off-campus field site
b) Willingness and ability to work early mornings and outdoors in summer heat, inclement weather, and around insects.
c) Ability to work well independently and with a team, pay attention to detail, and maintain exceptional communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
a) Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
b) Experience conducting field research in ecology
c) Experience with biological laboratory procedures such as pipetting and culturing

Special Physical and Mental Requirements (ADA considerations):
Capacity and willingness to conduct outdoor field work during the daytime hours of summer. Field work will involve long periods of time spent positioning to observe vegetation and will be performed in all weather conditions that do not pose a danger to persons.

Hourly rate: $12.20/hr – Housing not provided.

Start Date: First assistant hired May 14th, second assistant hired June 14th.

Job Duration: 5 – 6 months.

To apply for this position, please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/137278 and be prepared to provide a one-page cover letter, a resume, and contact information for two people who can serve as references.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Summer 2018 Research Technician

Seeking temporary research technician to assist with field survey and status assessment of the aquatic macrophyte Nuphar sagittifolia in eastern North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia from May 21-Early August 2018. Position will be approximately 20 hours/week, $10/hr, based at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Duties will be split between field and office work. The goals of the project are 1) To clarify the taxonomic identity of Nuphar populations 2)To assess population genetics of N. sagittifolia populations 3) To document the location, size and status of N. sagittifolia populations to inform conservation decisions.

Responsibilities:
Bridge and kayak surveys for N. sagittifolia populations range-wide,
Collect photographs, leaf tissue for DNA extraction, and voucher
specimens, Data management (photographs, GPS points, field data)
Morphology measurements

Qualifications:
Required: At least two college-level courses in related field (botany,
ecology, forestry, plant systematics, natural resources etc.)
Preferred: Strong interest in botany and conservation biology
Comfort with kayaking (kayak can be provided)
Proficiency in data entry and management
Ability to work independently after training
Ability to accommodate a flexible schedule
Applicants must have a vehicle for surveys (gas costs reimbursed)

Start Date: May 21, 2018
Approximate End Date: Early August 2018. Hours per week may vary due to field conditions or project needs. Position is funded for approximately 11 weeks at 20 hours per week.
Hourly Wage: $10

To Apply:
Submit application, including resume and cover letter, at:
https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/98635. Review of applications will begin April 3; position will remain posted until filled.

Contact Katherine Culatta: keculatt@ncsu.edu with questions

REU: Mechanisms of Evolution

The REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution is accepting applications.

This NSF supported program provides students with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Participants receive a $5,750 stipend ($575 per week), travel subsidy and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory.

The program dates are May 30 to Aug 3, 2018.

Please direct your undergraduate associates to the list of mentors and the on-line application at  https://www.unlv.edu/lifesciences/moereu/

The application deadline is Saturday April 7, 2018.

A complete application includes a one-page career essay, transcripts and one letter of recommendation.

Interested students may moereu@unlv.edu for additional information.

 

Summer Field Assistant at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Field assistant for summer 2018

Overview: Two research groups at Duke University are seeking a shared research assistant for fieldwork in plant and insect ecology and evolution. This is a unique experience for students enthusiastic about plant ecology to gain experience working on two different projects in one summer! The projects are non-overlapping in time; there is opportunity for leisure time between project dates, or if the technician desires to stay at the field station for the duration of the summer, start dates for project 2 are flexible.

Location: Our research is conducted at and around the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, located in southwestern Colorado
(www.rmbl.org). We will provide all transportation to and from the
field station and from the station to research sites.

Dates:  June 18-June 29 (project 1) and July 16-August 10 (project 2; somewhat flexible) 2018

For a PDF version of the project descriptions, please visit:
http://bit.ly/RMBLfield18

Project 1 Summary: The time of the year when a plant begins to grow, produces flowers, and loses its leaves is important for successful reproduction, survival, and potentially future growth. Plants rely on environmental cues, such as temperature and the amount of sunlight, to time these life cycle events. Therefore, the time when a plant begins to flower can be very sensitive to climate change. For example, snow has been melting earlier in the season in sub alpine regions than the recent past as a result of warming temperatures. Since the time of flowering for some plants occurs
shortly after snow melt, they track these warm temperatures and emerge or flower earlier in the season. Interestingly, not all plants respond similarly to the same environmental signals; some flowering species do not flower any earlier. As each plant species responds differently to earlier snow melt, species that didn’t flower together in the past have the potential to overlap now. If plant species grow and flower at the same time, they could compete for resources (water, nutrients, soil). Our research examines the link between climate change, the timing of life cycle events in plants, and how they compete for resources. We propose to manipulate flowering phenology of plants in resource competition experiment. We will
observe how competition for soil and light resources between two
co-flowering species changes under early snow melt conditions. The results from this research have the potential to help us predict how climate change may affect species interactions in the future. For more information, visit:
http://rebeccadalt.weebly.com/research-projects.html

Project 2 Summary: In the Mitchell-Olds lab at Duke University
(https://sites.duke.edu/tmolab/), we study plant evolution, ecology, and genetics. We are broadly interested in understanding how the diverse traits present in natural plant populations have arisen via natural selection, and what the consequences of trait variation are for ecological interactions. Much of our research is centered around understanding how chemical anti-herbivore defenses have evolved in the wildflower species Boechera stricta. We have ongoing experiments monitoring how interacting selective pressures of herbivore consumption and drought stress influence the
evolution of defensive chemicals, and for discovering the genetic basis of plant chemistry as well as other complex traits (e.g. flowering time, mutualistic plant-insect associations, plant architecture, fitness). Our technician would help with data collection and experimental maintenance on both of these projects (see “Expectations” below).

Expectations: The field assistant will be asked to aid in data collection, entry, and analysis for both projects. This includes assisting in demographic data collection on perennial plants, assessing phenology of plants in pre-existing plots (project 1) and measuring plant survival, growth, flowering, reproduction, and herbivore damage, as well as taking environmental measurements such as soil moisture (project 2). Fieldwork can be strenuous and often involves long days in the sun and hiking. Applicants with previous experience doing fieldwork are encouraged to apply, but no prior experience is required and we will happily train first-timers with a strong interest in ecology.

In addition to helping with fieldwork five days per week, the technician will be expected to be an active participant in the research community, which includes attending weekly seminars at RMBL, attending in a weekly lab meeting, and participating in discussions about scientific articles and ongoing research projects in the lab.

Compensation: This is an unpaid position, although housing and travel expenses will be provided. Transportation from RMBL to all field sites will be provided (car or hiking).  The technician will be required to pay for their own food expenses, but all other costs (housing and station fees) will be covered.

Application: Please send a short cover letter and resume to both Rebecca Dalton (rmd34@duke.edu) and Lauren Carley (lnc14@duke.edu) by March 20, 2018.