Asistentes de investigación en ecología de bosques ~

18 de agosto de 2019

Asistentes de investigación en ecología de bosques

Position Available: Research Assistant I (2 positions available: Forest Ecology and Tree Conservation Biology)

*Classification: *Full-time, Non-Exempt

*Department: *Science and Conservation

*General Summary*: Research Assistants participate in laboratory and/or
field operations for research programs in the Center for Tree Science, a
global hub of research and expertise focused entirely on trees. Research
Assistants at The Morton Arboretum are involved in all aspects of research:
designing studies, planning and executing laboratory and field work,
utilizing a variety of scientific instruments, assisting with lab
management, testing protocols, training volunteers, organizing data,
performing analysis, reading scientific literature, interpreting results,
and editing manuscripts. The Morton Arboretum strongly emphasizes
professional development. There will be opportunities to collaborate on
scientific publications, present research at scientific meetings, and build
new skills.

*Desired Skills and Experience for Forest Ecology Position:*

Bachelor¡¦s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, physical
geography or related field, with coursework in statistics, plant biology,
forest or community ecology. Master¡¦s degree and at least one season
experience with ecological or natural resources field work, including
plot-based sampling methods, preferred. Previous experience working
independently and with large groups desired. Experience in one or more of
the following areas preferred: forest or natural resources management;
dendrochronology; coding and big data management; geospatial analysis,
preferably via scripted language such as R or python; hierarchical and/or
nonlinear analytical methods; image analysis; ecophysiology; and laboratory
and/or personnel coordination.

*Desired Skills and Experience for Tree Conservation Biology Position:*

Bachelor¡¦s degree in ecology/evolution, geography, plant conservation,
informatics, spatial statistics or similar field is required; a Master¡¦s
degree is preferred. Applicants should have some experience with DNA lab
work (e.g. PCR, etc.) and basic computer programming. Preferred experience
includes one or more of: genetic/genomic data analysis, laboratory
management, mathematical modeling or geospatial work (e.g. ArcGIS, niche
modeling, etc.). Experience performing PCR, DNA extraction, NGS, labeling
and organizing samples, supervising or training others, and/or
trouble-shooting lab protocols is desired. Experience using statistical
software (SAS, JMP, STATA, R etc.) and working with large or complex data
is beneficial. Strong attention to detail, meticulous record keeping (e.g.
lab notebooks, coding), and an interest in plant conservation is essential.

*Minimum Qualifications (for both positions):* Bachelor¡¦s degree required
in the specific field of research or related science field. 1+ years of
related work experience preferred. Experience with standard
field/laboratory procedures and safety requirements, in addition to
experience performing analytical and research techniques in an area related
to research being performed required. May require software experience
specific to the area of research. Must possess a valid driver¡¦s license,
which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR)
report. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications

*Success Factors (for both positions):* Ability and willingness to work
independently in laboratory and field environments. Good written and oral
communication skills. Clear thought, visual acuity, and manual dexterity

*Physical Demands and Work Environment (for both positions):* The physical
demands and work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential

¡´ Physical Demands: Requires physical activity: walking over varied
terrain, bending, limited lifting and carrying (up to 50 lbs. assisted).
Use of chemicals may be necessary. Some travel required.

¡´ Work Environment: Office environment, Arboretum grounds, and
off-site locations. Work is performed indoors and outdoors, in a variety
of weather conditions.

¡´ Equipment: General office equipment, field and laboratory
equipment, including specialized equipment relating to particular field of
research, hand and power tools, Arboretum pick-up truck and/or utility

¡´ Schedule: Work may require occasional evenings and weekends.

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* The Morton Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer ¡V

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