Research Assistant II in the McClain Lab

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

Do you want to join a lab that drops dead alligators in the ocean?  What about a lab that chunks wood in the ocean?  Or tries not losing expensive gear in the ocean? Is the first thing you think about in the morning invertebrates?  Does big data and R programming super excite you?  Do you believe that science should break down barriers allowing for inclusion of all?  Do you want to pursue science curiously, passionately, and courageously?  Then the opening for a Research Assistant II in the McClain Lab at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) may be for you!

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 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 http://craigmcclain.com/

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; 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 technician will spend 50% of their time working on ongoing wood-fall research processing, identifying, and counting organisms. The remaining time will be spent processing sediment cores and identifying invertebrates from shallow water Louisiana bays.

Preferred skills include demonstrated experience with invertebrates, datasets and R programming, and field/boat operations. Bachelor’s degree required and master’s degree preferred. We are looking for a staff member with previous research experience, an excellent work ethic, and a high capacity to learn.  The position is 40 hours per week.


Those interested should submit a non‐official copy of transcripts, resume, and a brief statement of why you want to join the McClain lab and LUMCON (less than one page). Please send materials to hr@lumcon.edu

LUMCON is an AA/EO employer.

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