Research Technician position in Coastal Biogeochemistry

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

The Roberts Lab of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry (lumcon.edu/broberts and https://robertsresearchlab.weebly.com) at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking a research technician to join our interdisciplinary research team on a new NSF-funded project. We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and organized individual to participate in field and laboratory work studying methane efflux from coastal offshore sediments. The technician will work closely with other members of the Roberts Lab and project PI Dr. Marshall Bowles (https://www.bowleslab.com/) on work focused on geochemical analyses and microbial rate measurements.  They will join our interdisciplinary team of researchers from LSU and University of Georgia that bring expertise in radiochemistry, in situ sensors, inorganic geochemistry, and reactive transport modeling. More details can be found at the MEFFLUX project website.

The technician will also have opportunities to collaborate on other current projects in the Roberts lab.  These include a new NSF project examining methane dynamics across microbe-to-landscape scales in coastal wetlands; a large scale marsh mesocosm oiling experiment, and studies on coastal wetland carbon (CH4 and CO2 fluxes) and nutrient exchanges and vegetation dynamics; the relationship of human disturbance to ecosystem services (focus on sediment biogeochemistry and primary production) in offshore sand shoal habitats; wetland food webs in natural and created marshes influenced by river diversions; living shoreline restorations; and wetland and coastal estuarine biogeochemistry.


The candidate must have a B.S. in biogeochemistry, coastal / marine science, microbial ecology, oceanography, or a related field. The preferred candidate will have experience with field and laboratory analytical instrumentation including nutrient analyzers, spectrophotometers, TOC/TN analyzers, elemental analyzers, and/or gas chromatographs. The ideal candidate will have experience with measurements of the carbon, iron, sulfur, and nitrogen cycles. The position requires high organizational and communication skills as well as significant database management capabilities. The ability to work in a group setting is essential, as the technician will work collaboratively with PIs, post docs, graduate and undergraduate students, and other research technicians.


The position is available immediately and the initial appointments are for a period of 1 year with possible additional support dependent upon funding and satisfactory performance.


The position will be based at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. The field sites are located along the Louisiana coast between LUMCON and the Mississippi River.


: Send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the name, address, phone and email contact for at least three individuals qualified to comment on scientific and work qualifications to Wendy Morrison (wmorrison@lumcon.edu) with “MEFFLUX Coastal Biogeochemistry Technician position” in the subject line. For questions or more information, contact Dr. Roberts by email (broberts@lumcon.edu).

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

LUMCON offers state benefits and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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