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Research Technician Position in Algal Ecology at Florida International University

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

A research technician position is available in the Algal Ecology Laboratory (http://algae.fiu.edu/) of the Institute of Water and Environment at Florida International University (https://inwe.fiu.edu/) to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2018.  This position is affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program (http://fcelter.fiu.edu/) and will include integrative field and experimental research, and public outreach.

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. The Institute of Water and Environment is an FIU Preeminent Program in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education. It supports interdisciplinary research, interactive education, and public engagement by linking top scientists with thought-leaders and business professionals, as well as local, state, and federal collaborators to foster environmental sustainability. The FCE LTER, based at FIU, is a very active community of over 70 scientists and 61 graduate students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting community and ecosystem changes in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and large-scale freshwater restoration.

Description

The technician will work as part of a team under general supervision performing a variety of field, laboratory and administrative tasks on Everglades research projects. Candidates should comfortable operating field vehicles (trucks with trailers, airboats, marine boats) after training in compliance with safety protocols. The position will involve field sampling of algae, plants, water and aquatic consumers and operation of automated sensors in harsh conditions in the Everglades. Laboratory activities include biological sample processing according to fixed protocols, and use of microscopes to identify, count and catalogue Everglades algae and invertebrates. The technician will also help prepare and analyze data for reports, publications, scientific presentations and staff meetings.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in environmental field.

Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with microscopes, basic knowledge of field and laboratory methods for algae analysis, prior operation of boats and trucks, ability to solve minor technical problems related to various instruments, computers and software in the lab, effective analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, methodical procedural approaches & planning, project management, accountability, self-direction, mentoring (lab assistants).

Advertised Salary: $30,000 – $45,000 commensurate with education and experience.

How To Apply: Visit careers.fiu.edu (external) or myhr.fiu.edu (FIU employees), job opening ID 515334. Applications should be completed by August 17, 2018 for full consideration. Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume/ curriculum vitae, cover letter or any other documents within the application process.  It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume into one attachment. Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. For questions about the position or application process, contact Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, gaisere@fiu.edu.

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity and recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers 196 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program houses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

 

Graduate Positions in Algal Ecology at Florida International University

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Graduate assistantships (Ph.D. and M.S.) are available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) (http://biology.fiu.edu) to conduct research in the Florida Everglades, beginning fall 2018. These positions are affiliated with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program (http://fcelter.fiu.edu/) and will include integrative field and experimental research approaches, and public outreach.

FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the eastern boundary of the Everglades. The Department of Biological Sciences has strengths in Ecology, Marine Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Evolution, and Cellular/Molecular Biology. The FCE LTER student organization (http://fcelter.fiu.edu/students/), based at FIU, is a very active community of over 70 students from multiple departments and institutions who conduct integrative, multidisciplinary, long-term research.

To be eligible for positions, students must meet FIU graduate admission requirements and successfully compete for a teaching assistantship to match existing research assistantship support (http://biology.fiu.edu/graduate). Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for fully funded Presidential Fellowships.

Coastal Freshwater Wetland Algal Ecology: The candidates should be have a background in ecology and aquatic sciences, and be interested in the ecology and systematics of algae, especially diatoms. The student will be expected to develop research related to understanding how climate change and changes in freshwater resource quality and distribution influence algal community dynamics in freshwater and brackish wetlands. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Evelyn Gaiser (gaisere@fiu.edu) and visit her lab website (http://algae.fiu.edu/) before applying.

The selected candidate will join an existing collaborative team of graduate students, FIU faculty, as well as scientists from the South Florida Water Management District, Everglades National Park, and the Everglades Foundation, with a shared goal of understanding and forecasting community and ecosystem changes in coastal wetland ecosystems exposed to sea-level rise and large-scale freshwater restoration.