Research Assistant in Dryland Ecosystem Ecology #2011003352 ~

25 de julio de 2011

Research Assistant in Dryland Ecosystem Ecology #2011003352

POSITION SUMMARY: This position will assist with laboratory and field research on ecosystem ecology in arid and semi-arid systems. The position will include work establishing and maintaining several field experiments, processing and analyzing plant and soil samples in the laboratory, and supervising undergraduate researchers. Field work will include long hours under difficult conditions.

This is a full-time position (1.0 FTE). The duration of this position is contingent upon availability of funding.

The position will be based primarily at New Mexico State University, but may require travel for laboratory analyses and fieldwork throughout the United States.


* Establish and maintain field projects and equipment
* Process and analyze soil and plant samples in the laboratory
* Compile and summarize data
* Prepare tables and figures for publications; assist with project
report development
* Supervise, direct, delegate, and evaluate work of assigned staff

* Perform related duties as required


Knowledge of: Computer data entry (e.g, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, SigmaPlot); use of laboratory analytical equipment (e.g., analytical balance, microbalance, elemental analyzer); field measurements (e.g., leaf water potential, soil respiration, photosynthesis).

Skills in: Short-and long-range planning; data compilation and synthesis; oral and written communication; field and laboratory research techniques; and processing and analyzing large numbers of plant and soil samples.

Ability to: Direct, evaluate, train, and supervise the work of assigned personnel; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records and data files; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct activities; analyze and evaluate information.


Bachelor's Degree in biology, ecology, soil science, environmental science, or a related field. Experience with laboratory analytical techniques and ecological fieldwork is strongly preferred. Good communication, quantitative, and organizational skills are required.

REPLY TO/DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Compile a formal letter of interest, current resume, copies of college transcripts, and three professional references (including names, titles, addresses, daytime phone numbers, and email addresses) into a single pdf file. Email this file as an attachment to: Dr. Heather Throop,

Review of applications begins August 5, 2011 and remains open until filled. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Heather Throop

New Mexico State University

Biology Department, MSC 3AF

Las Cruces, NM 88003

Starting date is negotiable, but a start date of September 2011 is preferred.

Benefits Offered: Group medical insurance, group life insurance, long-term disability insurance, state educational retirement, workers' compensation, sick leave, annual leave and unemployment compensation. NMSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. Offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility for employment in the United States. All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent on the University's verification of credentials and other information required by Federal Law, State Law, and NMSU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a criminal history check.

Heather Throop
Assistant Professor
Biology Department
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003

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