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Genomics Lab Technician/Manager

Date Posted: 31 May 2016 (Show details)

Institution: UCLA
Location: Los Angeles, California
Closing date: The position is open immediately.

The Shaffer Lab at UCLA seeks a full-time technician to join our research group. We are a group working with the evolutionary and conservation genomics of reptiles and amphibians, with a strong emphasis on California problems and their solutions. The Shaffer Lab works closely with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science.

We seek an individual with some molecular genomics experience, a passion for conservation and evolutionary genetics, and the ability to learn new skills, contribute to group projects, and organize and manage the daily flow of work in the lab.The position is available immediately, and we are most interested in an individual interested in at least a one year, and possibly a two-to-three year commitment.


The primary duties of the position include producing genetic data for research projects, general maintenance of lab space, organization of tissue samples and their associated database, and helping with critical lab paperwork and permits, and herpetological field research.


The ideal candidate will have some experience with next-generation molecular lab protocols, such as target capture, RADseq or whole genome sequencing. More importantly, the individual should be excited and able to learn new techniques quickly and train others as they learn. The technician will be expected to work closely with lab members to organize and manage research projects. Some skills with informatics/computational biology, or the desire to learn these skills, is also important.

To Apply:

Interested individuals should contact Brad Shaffer (brad [dot] shaffer [at] ucla [dot] edu), and we can schedule a meeting at the JMIH in New Orleans if possible.

Field Biologist (Herpetology)

Date Posted: 31 May 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Cherokee Services Group for for US Geological Survey
Location: Guam and Mariana Islands
Closing date: not provided

Cherokee Services Group (CSG) has an opening for a full-time biologist to join a research team investigating the biology, control, and containment of the invasive nocturnal Brown Treesnake (Boiga irregularis) on Guam, the Mariana Islands, and throughout the Pacific region.

The successful candidate will be provided with the unique opportunity to participate in ongoing research in a dynamic Pacific island field setting. He or she may also be trained as a member of the Rapid Response Team which could require multi-week trips to other (possibly remote) locations in search of snakes, including long hours and difficult conditions involving hot, humid and rainy inclement weather.


  • Fieldwork includes the hand capture of live snakes, collection of morphological data, preparation and maintenance of materials and equipment for experiments, preparation of study sites
  • Handling of live and dead animals (snake, lizards, rodents, and other vertebrates)
  • Field data collection occurs both during the day and at night.
  • Study site preparation will require the use of brush cutting equipment, power saws, and other equipment
  • Duties also include laboratory work and care of lab animals
  • The meticulous collection of field data and data entry is required while adhering to scientific and safety protocols


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Education or related field
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport and be able to work legally in the U.S.
  • Excellent (corrected) eyesight, health and physical stamina, a strong work ethic and the ability to work on a research team are required
  • Ability to walk over rough terrain, carry up to 50 lbs. of equipment, tolerance of climatic extremes in mosquito and spider infested areas while maintaining a sense of humor
  • Demonstrated interest in working on a nocturnal species
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills as well as the ability to produce professional quality documents
  • Ability to pass an extensive background check for access to military property

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in academic applied research, a background in international field research, experience with snake handling, a desire to live in the tropics, and a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft word processing and database applications.

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

To Apply:

Apply online at to Job #10107. Applications should include an updated resume and a cover letter, including the expiration date of your passport, your date of availability, and an outline of why you feel you would be a good addition to our team.

Travel to and from Guam is paid with a one year commitment.

Cherokee Services Group provides technical support services and project support personnel to our Government and industry partners. Our highly skilled experts support and supplement the mission, expertise, and skill sets of our clients. Utilizing our customer-intimate approach, we partner with our clients to provide strategic solutions that maximize the use of human and financial resources to ensure that mission-critical projects are completed on time and within budget. It is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click on the following two links:

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may e-mail CNB [dot] Compliance [at] cn-bus [dot] com for assistance. This email address is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the application process or status. 

Leopard Frog Conservation Genetics Ph.D Graduate Assistantship

Date Posted: 19 May 2016 (Show details)

Institution: North Dakota State University
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Closing date: Position to start as early as fall semester, 2016

The Stockwell Lab at North Dakota State University is offering a Conservation Genetics Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistantship to conduct research on landscape genetics of northern leopard frogs. The project will analyze an existing dataset to evaluate gene flow among isolated wetlands, as means of assessing biotic connectedness. Additional sampling and possible development of additional molecular markers will be pursued as warranted. This project is funded through an EPA grant and is a collaborative project between Craig Stockwell (NDSU) and David Mushet (USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center). Field work will take place in the upper Great Plains.

The salary is $22,000/year + full tuition waiver. The position can start as early as fall semester, 2016.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in ecology, aquatic ecology, fisheries biology, conservation biology or related field;
  • Experience analyzing population genetics data, quantitative skill;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a research team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S., experience with amphibians, experience with landscape-genetic landscape-resistance models, field research experience.

To Apply:

Please send application materials to Craig [dot] Sockwell [at] ndsu [dot] edu and include the following:  

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae / resume;
  • All college-level transcripts; 
  • Names and contact information for three references.

For more Information, contact:

Craig Stockwell, Professor, Biological Sciences
201 Stevens Hall, Box 6050
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Craig [dot] Stockwell [at] ndsu [dot] edu 


Laboratory and Research Tech

Date Posted: 17 May 2016 (Show details)

Institution: College of William & Mary
Location: Gloucester Point, Virginia
Closing date: Review of applications will begin on June 1, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications are being accepted for a field assistant position at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (College of William & Mary) for an Atlantic sturgeon ecology project in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Laboratory and Research Tech will assist in field operations year-round on a broad-based, three-year tagging project aimed at characterizing habitat use and movement of Atlantic sturgeon within the Chesapeake Bay, and is a collaborative project between VIMS, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Reporting to the Associate Professor within Fisheries, the Lab & Research Tech will assist with field work to be conducted primarily on the York River System, and the Rappahannock River.

The salary is up to $25,000, commensurate with experience. This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive over-time in accordance with the fair labor standards Act. This position may requires schedule flexibility – to work days/weekends/evenings.
Field work can involve 8-12 hour days in all weather conditions with extensive time outdoors on-board 18-foot vessels and numerous hours in transit to and from launching sites via VIMS vehicle.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collection and handling of research animals: including deploying and retrieving fishing gear, assisting in surgeries for tagging fishes.
  • Monitor receivers, download data, (including dedicated boat trips and land-based collections).
  • Prepare and process samples (e.g., tissue samples) and maintaining field equipment.

Required Qualifications:

  • High-school Diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Working knowledge of basic laboratory procedures used in the performance of routine laboratory tests, operation of basic laboratory equipment, and the collection of data or samples.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform field sampling and laboratory techniques, with the willingness and ability to handle fish and performing surgeries for transmitter implantation.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the demonstrated ability to interact effectively with colleagues and with internal and external constituencies.
  • Must be physically able to move field equipment and supplies (up to ~50 lbs.)
  • Some exposure to collections and processing samples.
  • Familiarity with boating and the general ability to be comfortable in the field and on the water in all weather conditions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fisheries Science background is highly desirable.
  • Skills in processing tissue samples is desirable.
  • Experience with boating and trailering is highly desirable.
  • Experience in maintaining field equipment is a plus.

To Apply:

Go to the William and Mary job page ( and search for Position Number 00347V. Please attach contact information (phone and e-mail address) for two (2) professional references as “Other Document.”

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

The College of William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Doctoral Program Coordinator

Date Posted: 17 May 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Texas A&M University
Location: College Station, Texas
Closing date: Application review will begin 15 June 2016 and will continue until position is filled.

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. program (EEB), and the Applied Biodiversity Science program (ABS) at Texas A&M University are seeking a full-­time joint Coordinator to manage program affairs. The position is based in the College Station campus.

EEB is an interdisciplinary program that offers a Ph.D. in the field of Ecology and Evolution. We offer a world-­-class training program that incorporates the various fields relevant to EEB, spanning from evolutionary genomics to animal behavior to landscape ecology. Our faculty and students are spread over 11 departments and seven colleges across Texas A&M University, bringing together a diverse array of perspectives in the study of EEB.

The ABS Program is a multidisciplinary graduate training program. ABS promotes integrative research in biological and social sciences applied to biodiversity conservation around the world, including the US, Latin America, and Africa. Faculty and students spread over nine departments and five colleges.


The Program Coordinator will have a foundation in the social or natural sciences and demonstrated experience with administrative and organizational tasks.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the social or natural sciences.
  • At least 3 years of administrative, management, or leadership experience.

The ideal EEB/ABS Joint Program Coordinator will have:

  • Graduate degree in the social or natural sciences is desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Outstanding leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of multidisciplinary teams and in diverse cultural settings.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish is desirable.


The Joint Coordinator is a hub for the EEB and ABS programs. S/he will become a central communicator and facilitator for faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers. Specific duties include:

  • Managing day-to-day activities and information requests
  • Processing and reporting expenses;
  • Supervising design and updates to the websites;
  • Coordinating course schedules and enrollment;
  • Organizing outreach and recruitment activities;
  • Managing graduate applications;
  • Arranging interviews for applicants to both programs;
  • Facilitating contacts with local and international partners;
  • Facilitating interactions among members;
  • Coordinating logistics for field courses and on--campus events;
  • Tracking student progress;
  • Coordinating program assessment activities and compiling assessment data.

To Apply:

Applications should include a letter of interest emphasizing a track record in relevant research and administrative/management experience, a complete Curriculum Vitae, and list of two professional references. Inquiries about this position should be directed to:

Lee Fitzgerald, Wildlife and Fisheries Department: lfitzgerald [at] tamu [dot] edu
Spencer T. Behmer, Department of Entomology: s-behmer [at] tamu [dot] edu

Application review will begin 15 June 2016 and will continue until position is filled.

What we offer:

Salary commensurate with education and experience. Attractive benefits package. Great community and work environment. Opportunities for graduate level teaching and research engagement.

About the Community:

Texas A&M University main campus is located in College Station, which is part of a metropolitan community of 200,000 people, including the city of Bryan. In addition to excellent health, education, and recreation services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art, and theatre. College Station is within easy reach of some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the US – about 90 minutes from Houston and its major international airport, and under 2 hours from Austin.

The Texas A&M University System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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