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Sevilleta LTER Research Scientist - req# 10474

at University of New Mexico

Posted: 10/3/2019
Job Reference #: 10474
Keywords: research

Job Description

Research Scientist 1

Requisition IDreq10474
Working TitleSevilleta LTER Research Scientist
Position Grade11
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico Biology Department (Rudgers and Collins) is seeking to fill a field-based research position at the level of Research Scientist I. This position has a large field ecology component and requires the ability to live for extended periods at the UNM Sevilleta Field Station near Socorro, New Mexico, during spring and fall data collection periods (up to five non-consecutive months per year) and to drive a field vehicle.

The primary responsibility of this research technician position is to work with other scientists to maintain experiment and sensors and collect and manage data for field-based experiments that include a climate warming experiment, a drought experiment, and a rainfall variability experiment. Job duties will include performing, and overseeing experiments and data collection to ensure data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance.

The position requires botanical skills, including the ability to identify plants to species at the research site and the ability to collect vegetation cover data without supervision. The successful candidate will have the ability to repair and maintain research equipment and work in a desert environment carrying field equipment. The position requires prior knowledge of how to operate and maintain field-based sensors (soil moisture, soil CO2), data loggers, and GPS units. Prior experience with sensor software is preferred (e.g., PuTTY, SoilFluxPro).

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with the construction and maintenance of photovoltaic power arrays and wiring. Skills in data management and analysis, including the use of Excel and prior management of large databases is a required qualification. Prior knowledge of statistical analysis methods, including work in the R coding language is preferred.

This is a term position (two-year appointment) with renewal contingent upon performance.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Successful candidate may be required to submit to a pre-placement medical clearance through Employee Occupational Health Services depending on location and nature of position.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; no previous experience required.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

BS degree, with GPA above 3.4.

Familiarity with the flora of central New Mexico.

Experience with field botany and plant identification, including the use of dichotomous keys.

Experience with vegetation sampling methods, including cover estimation using quadrats.

Experience ensuring the quality and integrity of long-term data sets.

Experience with independent research in biology, including statistical analysis and experimental design.

Experience with maintenance of experimental field infrastructure (e.g., rainfall experiments).

Experience with maintenance of sensors (CO2, soil moisture, soil temperature).

Experience with data loggers, and GPS units, and prior experience with sensor software (e.g., PuTTY, SoilFluxPro).

Experience with the construction and maintenance of photovoltaic power arrays and wiring.

Experience with GPS/GIS and spatial data processing and analysis.

Additional Requirements
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentAS Biology General Administrative (048F)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeTerm - Full-Time
Term End Date2 years from date of hire
StatusExempt
Pay$2,600.00 - $2,800.00/mo
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredNo
For Best Consideration Date10/3/2019
Application InstructionsPlease submit the following for a complete application: 1. Cover letter 2. Current resume/CV3. An Official Copy of College Transcripts

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