EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 Research Technician – McClain Lab

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

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 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 recent wood-fall work using this link.

The position will focus on ongoing coastal biodiversity research in support of the lab team.  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; 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 position is 40 hours per week.  The position is a limited 6-month position, with possible extension if funding allows.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Science coursework, field/laboratory experience and invertebrate animal knowledge of these areas are preferred.
  • We are looking for a staff member with previous research experience, an excellent work ethic, and a high capacity to learn.

DURATION AND START DATE

The position is available immediately. The position is a limited 6-month position, with possible extension if funding allows.

LOCATION

The position will be based at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA.

APPLICATION

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

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

LUMCON is an AA/EO employer.

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