Field research opportunity in the northern Rockies ~

11 de enero de 2011

Field research opportunity in the northern Rockies

The Mitchell-Olds lab at Duke University seeks a highly motivated,
detail-oriented assistant for field research in the northern Rocky
Mountains. We are studying Boechera, a perennial herb that offers genetic
tractability and ecological context. Current field experiments focus on
questions related to local adaptation, speciation, plant defense, and
breeding systems.

Our research sites are located in east-central Idaho and southwest Montana.
Base camp is located near the beautiful town of Salmon, but travel distances
between sites often necessitate overnight camping. Weather conditions in the
Rockies can be severe, and assistants should expect to work in snow and rain
as well as 90 degree temperatures. Regular trips are made to Missoula,
Montana for groceries, supplies, and taco consumption.

Applicants must be available throughout the field season from mid-May or
early June through mid-August, but exact start and end dates are flexible.
Successful applicants are expected to assist in data collection and data
entry, plant care, transplanting, seed collection, and driving research
vehicles. The work can be physically demanding, and the research team
usually collects data 5-6 days per week. Qualifications: 1) some
undergraduate education in biology, ecology, or related field, or equivalent
experience; 2) experience camping and working outdoors and/or previous field
research experience; 3) ability to perform repetitive tasks with a cheerful
attitude and with attention to detail; 4) willingness to live and work in
close proximity with six other researchers under rustic and sometimes
crowded conditions; 5) a current driver's license. Previous experience
working with plants is preferable but not required. Transportation, room
with internet access, and salary will be provided.

Interested applicants should submit: 1) a short cover letter describing
their qualifications as well as future academic and professional goals; 2) a
résumé outlining previous work experience, relevant courses (completed or in
progress), extracurricular activities; and 3) contact information of two
character references. Email to:

Tom Mitchell-Olds
Department of Biology, Duke University

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