Job Openings for Research Technicians 2023

Experienced researchers with skills in ecological data collection and/or molecular techniques are invited to apply for three open research technician positions in Rachael Winfree’s lab group ( at Rutgers University. All positions are full time for approximately 3 months at $15-$17 per hour.

Field research technicians: Technicians will collect field data to determine how wild, native bee communities respond to forest regeneration after timber harvests. Fieldwork will take place at the Yale-Myers Forest in Connecticut, and involves netting and trapping bees at field sites, as well as data processing tasks such a insect pinning and identification. Previous ecological field experience is essential; experience with native bees or related taxa is preferred. Additional preferred qualifications: B.A. or B.S. degree, strong organizational and logistical skills, ability to work independently for long hours under challenging field conditions, demonstrated commitment to data accuracy, driver’s license and personal vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed). Housing will be provided at Yale University’s field research station, Ashton, CT. Two positions. Start date 1 April 2023.

Molecular lab technician: The technician will conduct lab work for a USDA-funded project, directed by postdoc Dr Katie Turo, to examine the spring-time diet of forest-associated crop pollinators. The selected applicant will analyze pollen samples using standard molecular techniques (e.g., sample homogenization, DNA extraction, PCRs). Previous molecular experience is essential, experience with bees or pollen analysis is preferred. Based at Winfree lab, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. One position. Start date January 2023.

To apply: Email a statement of interest including the position(s) you are applying for, your dates of availability, CV, and contact information for three references, combined as a single pdf, to Katie Turo (katie [dot] turo [at] rutgers [dot] edu). Use “Application for pollinator ecology position” as the subject line. Applications will be considered starting immediately and until the positions are filled. Positions could be combined to provide employment over a longer period of time, or hired separately. Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


I am always happy to hear from researchers who are interested in joining the lab as a postdoc. Please send me an email with a brief statement of interest and your CV.

Graduate Students

I am looking for highly motivated, creative Ph.D students who bring enthusiasm and rigor to their research. In return you can expect from me the commitment to help you do your best work and achieve your scientific and career goals during your time in our lab. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please email me with a brief description of your research interests, your CV, your undergraduate transcript (unofficial is fine), and your GRE scores (including the percentile; unofficial is fine).


We are always looking for self-motivated and scientifically curious undergraduates to join us in our research. From you, we expect dedication, commitment and careful work in the field and lab; from us, you can expect support in obtaining independent funding for your research, developing your research skills and ideas, and presenting your work at conferences and/or in peer reviewed publications. If you are interested in applying, please email Dr. Rachael Winfree to describe why you want to join the lab, and include your major and GPA.

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