Position: Summer Field/Research Assistant
The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for summer field assistant positions on an ongoing ecological research project. These positions will be located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. For additional information about the Ecosystems Center and its programs, visit our web site at http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/. Information about the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is available at http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/ARC/ and information about the Toolik Field Station is available at http://www.uaf.edu/toolik/. The following positions will be filled pending funding.
* Chemistry Summer FA: The successful candidate will participate in research on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of nutrients in natural water samples. Duties include facilitating chemical measurements through the preparation of standards and reagents, and the maintenance of instruments for a multi-user laboratory at the Toolik Field Station. Some field work involved. Prior chemistry experience is required.
* Terrestrial Summer FA: The successful candidate will participate in research on tundra ecosystems. Duties include sampling and processing plant and soil samples, collection of precipitation and weather data, and maintenance of long-term fertilizer experiments and field greenhouses. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software, and some knowledge of plants and soils preferred.
* General FA including Terrestrial, Aquatic, and/or Human Dimensions research: The focus of effort of this position is still to be decided. In any event the duties will involve field research, sampling, and basic data analysis, working under the supervision of one or more senior project collaborators in terrestrial, lake, stream, or Human Dimensions research.
Applicants should be college graduates (BS or MS), with significant course work and/or field experience in ecology.
Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 2-3 months during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by the grant as well as the cost of room and board at the station and a salary.
Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, fish ecology and/or ecosystems ecology preferred. Applicants with skills and experience that is particularly suited to some of our ongoing research (e.g., field photosynthesis systems, advanced analytical chemistry methods) may be considered for employment at higher rank and salary.
Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple.
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