Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Summary of Position: The new Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) Urban Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is seeking a research scientist to join our team. The MSP-LTER is building a long-term program of research related to urban nature and human interactions. The research scientist will engage broadly in MSP research related to urban water quality and limnology. The researcher will be based in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and will engage broadly in research activities across a range of areas, all linking to understanding how watershed characteristics and internal dynamics influence freshwater ecosystems and water quality. Work will be based from the Ecology Building on St. Paul Campus, other connected labs at UMN and U. St. Thomas, and at local field sites.
Essential and Other Functions: Primary duties include a combination of activities associated with new and ongoing LTER research. Research activities include field work, such as collecting and analyzing physical, chemical and biological data from lakes, streams, stormwater systems and wetlands in the Twin Cities. Lab activities may include preparation of field equipment, filtering and processing samples for nutrient and water quality variables, installing and maintaining sensors and sampling equipment, and analyses for nutrients, carbon species, and gases. Lab tasks will also include oversight of basic lab functions such as ordering supplies, entering data, etc. The other major research component includes working with local groups to assess, and gather existing water quality data into a central database. The specific project and associated activities will vary with seasonal research activities, and developing project needs.
Duties: 70% lead lake and watershed sampling, data collections, and laboratory sample analyses 10% research support for LTER personnel and partners 15% Data management and analysis 5% coordinate and participate in LTER meetings, and working groups
This is a 100%-time, continuing position. The estimated salary range for this position is $37,000-$41,000 plus fringe benefits.
Essential Qualifications: • BS in aquatic ecology, limnology, hydrology, or related fields; or equivalent combination of education and experience to equal four years • Research experience with lakes, hydrology, water quality, or stream biogeochemistry • Ability to work independently, multitask, and effectively work with a large team • Commitment to engagement with a broad LTER team, external partners and the public
Preferred Qualifications include one or more of the following: • MS in aquatic ecology, limnology, hydrology, or related fields • Experience with limnological, aquatic and/or ecosystem field research methods • Experience with urban ecology or watershed biogeochemical processes • Proficiency with GIS • Proficiency with analytical methods for measurement of major forms nutrients and carbon • Familiarity with R, and ability to use and analyze complex databases.
Internal Number: 340498
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