Research Technician

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled

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The McClain lab at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) has an opening for a research technician. The McClain lab addresses a variety of questions examining how climate change and carbon availability impact marine invertebrate energetics, ecology, and evolution. Primarily research involves diversity studies in the deep sea and is also coupled with investigations of shallow water communities in relation to energy inputs . Current research
topics include: the energetics of invertebrate communities of deep‐sea wood falls, the impacts of the Deep‐Water Horizon Oil Spill on deep‐sea megafauna, the scale patchiness in the biodiversity of deep‐sea animals, the evolution of body size and metabolism in marine invertebrates, the role of carbon landscapes on invertebrate communities of marsh and coastal systems, how carbon availability impacts ecology and function of marine invertebrates, and how energy availability relates to trophic structure. You can read more about our lab’s work at https://lumcon.edu/cmcclain/ and about our recent wood‐fall work at

The research technician is expected to be involved in a variety of these projects and general lab tasks including but not limited to: sampling and deployment of equipment off small boats; deep‐sea research with remote operated vehicles on large research vessels; sorting and sieving invertebrates from mud cores; prepping and wrapping wood for deployments; identifying invertebrates from sediment cores and video transects; data and database entry; programming
and statistical analysis; 3D printing of parts; and lab organization and clean up.

The position is a limited 3‐month position, with possible extension if funding allows.
Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

LUMCON is an AA/EO employer.

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