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Multiple lab members are hiring technicians. See ads below for jobs in New Jersey and the Great Lakes.


High-level Technician Job in New Jersey – with Dr. Winfree and Dr. Genung

The Winfree Lab at Rutgers University (winfreelab.com) seeks to fill a high-level research technician position to lead a field research team in summer 2018, as a replacement for a postdoc who will be out on leave.  The research is an NSF-funded project exploring the role of bee biodiversity in ecosystem services. The position is full time starting 1 May 2018 and lasting 3-4 months. Pay will be $20+ per hour, depending on qualifications. The position involves field data collection to measure interactions between bee pollinators and native plants at 25 sites in central New Jersey, lab work such as pollen microscopy and bee identification, responsibility for project logistics and QAQC, and supervision of a team of 3-6 field technicians. This is an ideal opportunity for a recent Ph.D (or MS) graduate in ecology or a related field, who seeks higher-level research experience.

Required Qualifications: Ecological field research experience; experience supervising and/or mentoring in a research context; maturity and comfort with a significant amount of responsibility; excellent organizational and communication skills; willingness to work outside in hot, humid conditions; ability to carry up to 40 lbs; drivers’ license; no known bee sting allergy.

Preferred qualifications: Ph.D or MS in ecology or related field; insect and/or pollen identification skills; experience caring for experimental plants; data science skills (SQL, R).

To Apply: As a single PDF, send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, resume, and names and contact information for three references to: Mark Genung (mark.a.genung at gmail.com) Please place “NSF High-Level Tech” in the subject line of the email. We are still reviewing applicants as of 4 Feb 2018, so please submit applications if you are interested.

Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the Winfree Lab encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

Technician Jobs in New Jersey – with Dr. Winfree and Dr. Genung

The Winfree Lab at Rutgers University (see winfreelab.com) is advertising 4-5 research technician positions for the spring and summer of 2017, to work with us on our NSF-funded project ‘The role of dominance in mediating biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships across spatial scales’.

The Field Technician positions would run for ~19 weeks (approx. 9 April – 20 August) at 40 hours per week, and would pay $12-14 per hour, depending on qualifications. The exact dates are somewhat flexible and open to discussion.

The job primarily involves field work to collect bees from experimental plant arrays at 25 sites in central New Jersey, propagation and care of experimental plants (native wildflowers), plus all the associated data processing and curation (pollen microscopy, insect pinning and identification, etc.).

Required Qualifications: Field research experience; willingness to work outside in hot, humid conditions; ability to carry up to 40 lbs; drivers’ license; no known bee sting allergy; maturity and ability to work independently.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with field entomology and/or botany; experience curating insect and plant collections; personal vehicle (mileage reimbursements will be provided).

To Apply: As a single PDF, send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, resume, and names and contact information for three references to: Mark Genung (mark.a.genung at gmail.com) Please place “NSF Pollination Tech” in the subject line of the email. We are still reviewing applicants as of 4 Feb 2018, so please submit applications if you are interested.

Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the Winfree Lab encourages applications from underrepresented groups.


Technician Jobs near the Great Lakes – with Lucia Weinman

The Winfree Lab at Rutgers University (winfreelab.com) invites applications for two research technician positions to collect and process data on wild bees and the plants they pollinate in Great Lakes region National Parks. The goals of the larger project are to determine the most important plant species supporting spring forest bee communities, and to explore scientific questions about bee biodiversity at large spatial scales. These are both 6-month positions that start 15 March 2018 and end 15 Sept, with exact start and end dates being somewhat flexible. Both technicians will assist with field work from March to June, and with curation of bee, plant and pollen specimens in the lab from June to September. Pay is $600 per week.

Required Qualifications:

Field research experience; willingness to work long hours outside in difficult conditions (humidity, sun, cold, mud, gnats/mosquitos); willingness to tent camp at remoter sites where housing is not available; ability to carry up to 40 lbs; maturity and ability to work independently; good communication skills; drivers’ license.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with field entomology, plant identification, curating insect and plant collections, and/or pollen identification.

To Apply: As a single PDF, send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, your resume, and names and contact information for three references to: Lucia Weinman (luciaraew at gmail.com). Please use “Great Lakes Pollination Tech” as the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the Winfree Lab encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

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Postdocs

I am always happy to hear from potential postdocs working in the fields of community ecology, pollination ecology, and biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research who are interested in joining our current vibrant and productive postdoc group. Please email me with a brief description of your research interests and how they fit into our lab, your CV, and pdfs of your most relevant published papers. I encourage potential postdocs to apply for fellowships such as the Rutgers EOAS Postdoctoral Fellowship, the David H. Smith Conservation Fellowship, or an NSERC Fellowship. A more complete list of fellowships that you might be eligible for can be found on Marissa Baskett’s site, and general advice for postdocs at Spencer Hall’s sitePlease contact me well in advance of proposal deadlines to discuss your ideas for developing a fellowship proposal together.

Graduate Students

I seek 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 and how they fit into our lab, your CV, your undergraduate transcript (unofficial is fine), and your GRE scores (including the percentile; unofficial is fine). I admit on average one Ph.D student per year through the Graduate Program in Ecology & Evolution. I encourage prospective students to apply for external graduate funding such as an NSF Graduate Fellowship, or an EPA STAR Fellowship. A more complete list of fellowships that you might be eligible for can be found on Marissa Baskett’s site, and general advice for graduate students at Spencer Hall’s site. Please contact me well in advance of proposal deadlines to discuss your ideas for developing a fellowship proposal together.

Undergraduates

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 (see People for the impressive accomplishments of current and former lab undergrads!). If you are interested in applying, please email Dr. Rachael Winfree to describe why you want to join the lab, and let her know your major and GPA.

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