Research Associate (AKA Ecological Tinkerer) for work on large-scale global
warming experiments in North Carolina.
DESCRIPTION: We seek a person with strong technical and problem-solving
skills and experience in ecology to oversee day-to-day technical work on
climate chambers located at Duke Forest, near Durham, North Carolina. The
chambers are part of a many collaborator, two site (Duke Forest, Harvard
Forest), project to understand the effects of climate, and in particular
increasing temperatures, on ant communities and the species and ecological
processes that depend on them. The ideal candidate is someone who likes to
tinker with equipment and solve problems in the field, works well with
others and is well organized. This position will be 70% technician/manager
and 30% researcher. Scope exists for the technician to develop her or his
own research projects within the context of the chamber array.
Key duties and responsibilities include: (1) Maintain climate chambers (fix
broken equipment, monitor equipment, deal with problems). This work will
entail knowledge and comfort with electronics, plumbing, tinkering, and, in
particular, dataloggers. (2) Be in charge of day-to-day activities related
to the climate chambers and research therein. (3) Assist (or if the
candidate chooses, lead) ecological fieldwork. Fieldwork will include a
diversity of projects, from work with leaf-litter to the collection of
millipedes or even fallen bird feathers.
Salary Range: Starting at $30,000 (plus benefits), depending on experience.
This position has an initial appointment of one year, with the possibility
of additional two years of additional support available, contingent on
RESEARCH GROUP: The candidate would work in the lab of Rob Dunn at North
Carolina State University
(http://www.antmacroecology.org/robdunn/index.html). The lab is part of a
larger lab group (the Dunn, Gross and Haddad labs) researching diverse
topics from climate change to the impact of corridors on animal migration
and theoretical approaches to understanding the cascading consequences of
extinction. The candidate would also work with the other PIs on the project
(Nathan Sanders at the University of Tennessee, Aaron Ellison at Harvard
Forest and Nick Gotelli at the University of Vermont).
LOCATION: North Carolina State University, though possibilities exist for
living in Durham or Chapel Hill. The position is based in the Department of
Biology, a large interdisciplinary department with strong links to the
research in the Genetics, Entomology and Forestry departments and also to
researchers at neighboring Duke and UNC.
QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications: MS in biology, ecology, engineering (or
related disciplines) + field experience. Hire should be able to communicate
well and interact with other biologists, but also students, the public, and
the climate chambers, which are also known to have a mind of their own.
Applicant should have demonstrated organizational abilities. The ideal
candidate would be fond of tinkering with equipment in ways that better
allow us to see the living world, whether that means building a new tool,
dealing with plumbing or figuring out some other way to otherwise see
processes and species invisible or barely visible to the naked eye. Skills
with Campbell Scientific dataloggers would also be particularly useful.
Contact: Rob_Dunn@ncsu.edu. Please send a CV along with your email