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A full time lab/field research project coordinator position is available to support research in the ecology and evolution of plant-microbiome interactions at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS). The research coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and maintaining projects associated with field experiments, greenhouse and/or growth chamber experiments investigating the role of AM fungal communities on plant species turnover and coexistence; the influence of pathogens on plant diversity; and microbiome mediated adaptations along a broad precipitation gradient. A successful candidate will be extremely organized and efficient with time management.
This position works on-site but occasional remote work may be considered per mutual agreement between the department and selected candidate.
60% - Supervising and participating in monitoring and sampling field experiments including set up, maintenance, harvesting and data entry and analysis of plant microbiome experiments in the greenhouse, growth chambers, and field
20% - Maintaining supplies and equipment ordering
10% - Starting, checking, maintaining arbuscular mycorrhizal, possibly including some maintenance for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal collection.
10% - Entering or supervising entry of results into databases and maintaining data from experiments
- Must have ability to work in greenhouse and in the field conditions (extreme environmental conditions of heat, cold, wind, etc.)
- Must have ability to life up to 25 pounds with or without accommodation.
- This position works on-site but occasional remote work may be considered per mutual agreement between the department and selected candidate.
- Bachelor's degree in biology, botany, ecology, agronomy, range science or related field.
- At least 1 year of experience in field research as a field worker, field/lab technician, or investigator.
- Demonstrated knowledge of plant identification through experience and/or education.
- Prior experience using a microscope and other sensitive laboratory equipment through education or experience.
- Demonstrated knowledge through education or experience with sterile technique.
- Experience in the use of word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office).
- Proficient written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials.
- Master’s degree in biology, botany, ecology, agronomy, range science or related field.
- Working knowledge of Midwestern and/or Great Plains flora, specifically tallgrass prairie species.
- Experience propagating plants from seed.
- Experience in database management.
- Experience in project management.
- Experience managing people.