Kellogg Experimental Forest near Kellogg Biological Station
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Positions in the Evans Lab:
OPEN: Lab/Field Research Technician Position
We are looking to hire a lab/field technician to work on a collaborative research project investigating plant-soil-microbe interactions in managed lands. More information about this project, which is based at Michigan State University can be found at: rhizosphere.msu.edu. This is a great position for someone looking for experience in a research laboratory.
The primary duties will consist of a) lab work (80%, including, but not limited to processing soil samples, nutrient analyses, DNA extractions, data entry and processing, and general lab maintenance) and b) field work (20%, plant and soil sampling) at both local sites and those located in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This position requires a small amount of travel (~1 day trip per month and 2-3 overnight trips over the entire field season).
Ideal candidates will have relevant laboratory and field work experience. We are interested in candidates that are self-motivated, have high attention to detail and organizational skills, and can independently carryout field and laboratory protocols. Candidates should also be willing to work in adverse conditions in the field (e.g. hot and cold weather), and contribute to a team. Successful candidates must have a B.S. or commensurate experience in biogeochemistry or soil science, ecology or other closely related field. Experience in molecular biology is also desired, though not required. Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
This is a 40 hr/week non-benefited Technical Aide position under a 9-month hire with the potential for renewal for additional 9 month periods depending on performance. Successful applicants will be offered health care through the Affordable Care Act. Compensation will be $13-$16 per hour, depending on qualifications of the applicant. A start date in April 2019 is preferred, but start dates up to May 15 will be considered.
The technician will join the Evans Lab (http://saraheevanslab.weebly.com/) at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, which is part of Michigan State University but located in Hickory Corners, MI, 15 miles NE of Kalamazoo, MI. KBS is a community of faculty, students, postdocs, staff, and technicians, and the successful candidate will have opportunities to develop professionally in this academic setting. Questions about the position and applications should be submitted to Holly Vander Stel (email@example.com). Please include “MMPRNT Tech App” in subject line). Applications will begin to be reviewed March 18, 2019 and accepted until the position is filled.
Applications, sent to as a single pdf file, should include: 1)Cover letter (1 page maximum) describing qualifications and interest in the position 2)CV or resume 3)Names, contact information, and brief synopsis of relationship for three references. MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Postdocs There are no specific positions open at this time, but I am always looks for talented postdocs, particularly those interested in seeking their own funding, and/or from underrepresented groups. Contact me with your CV, well-articulated and concise description of research interests and directions, and anticipated timeline to check for openings.
Graduate students I am always looking for talented graduate students. The deadline for admissions to enroll for graduate school at MSU is around December 15. I do not have any specific openings for graduate students at this time, but am always looking for good candidates.
Students who wish to join my lab should have an interest in microbial ecology. This website should give you a good general idea of what we do, but we are always developing new projects, and are open to exploring new areas that you are interested in, within our general themes. A thorough background in ecology or microbiology, or experience with data analysis, lab work, or field work, will come in handy, but is not required to join the lab. You should, however, have enough experience to know that you are passionate about science and ecology, and have a general willingness to learn and take on new challenges. A PhD generally takes 5-6 years to complete, and a masters 2-3 years. Much of this time is dedicated to independent work which demands a great deal of self-motivation and rigor. As an advisor, I will help you develop the intellectual and technical skills you need to be an outstanding scientist, and prepare you for whatever you aim to do with your degree.
Details for applying: I am in the degree-granting program of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEBB), but you will apply to a department graduate program. I am in the Department of Zoology, and also will be an affiliate of Microbiology. Students should apply to one of these programs, which differ a bit in class/program requirements and teaching opportunities. You can join the EEBB program later on if you wish. Graduate students are generally funded by a combination of research assistantships (grants), teaching assistantships, university fellowships, and national fellowships.
Location: I am based at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station, located in Hickory Corners, about 60 miles from the main campus in East Lansing. Most graduate students spend their first year or two on MSU campus while they take classes, and live at KBS after that and during the summer. KBS is more like a campus than a field station, with 13 full-time faculty, and many more postdocs, graduate students, staff, and other researchers. Adjacent to a large lake and nestled in Michigan forest, KBS has top-notch laboratories, acres of field sites, and many talented faculty from diverse areas of ecology and evolution.
If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me. **It is generally best to contact a graduate advisor before you apply to a program.** Attach a CV or resume. Also include a brief statement about your interests and why you want to join the Evans Lab. Take a stab at describing examples of your interests or background and how it aligns with specific publications, themes, or projects in my lab (i.e. beyond just 'microbial ecology and ecosystem stress').
KBS is a great place to spend a summer getting research experience as an undergraduate! There are opportunities for MSU students as well as students from other universities. Working at a field station can be a great way to see what field biology is like, and a lot of fun! And in my lab, you can get laboratory and molecular experience as well.
Check out the KBS website for opportunities. Plan early- REU and URA applications for summer research are due around February. Email me if you are interested in my lab specifically so we can look out for your application.
Lab and field technicians We often have openings for technicians (part-time and full-time) that perform laboratory analyses and help with field work. We value technicians and take technician professional development seriously! Contact me if you are interested (include CV and timeline).