Fisheries and Wildlife Genetics Lab Technician: Montana

Agency
USDA Forest Service; National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation
Location
Missoula, MT
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Website
http://www.fs.fed.us/research/genomics-center/
Salary
$10/hour, wage increases available based on in job performance
Start Date
05/12/2017
Last Date to Apply
04/25/2017
Description
Genetic analysis of wildlife species is a powerful tool for assisting wildlife managers in making conservation decisions. Research focused on "conservation genetics" may include anything from analysis of water samples for DNA of rare species in order to understand distribution in a stream (i.e., eDNA methodology), to looking at genetic diversity between populations to understand relatedness and overall population health. We are seeking a laboratory assistant to aid in analysis of genetic samples for projects related to aquatic wildlife conservation.

This lab position will not involve fieldwork. Responsibilities include organizing and cataloging samples, data entry, extracting DNA from tissue and eDNA samples, performing PCR analysis and gel electrophoresis, preparing samples for genetic sequencing and working with genetic data in basic DNA alignment software.

This position is sponsored by The National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation at the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, MT. To apply for this position, please e-mail Kellie Carim with at kelliejcarim@fs.fed.us with a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, resume, academic transcripts and a list of three references. Please submit these materials as PDF attachments to e-mail.

The position is funded for three months, with extension for up to one year based on performance of the individual in the position.
Qualifications
This is an ideal position for someone looking to gain experience in genetics laboratory protocols, with long term goals of a career in wildlife conservation or genetics based research. Applicants must have experience in basic laboratory skills such as pipetting, diluting reagents and organizing samples. A Bachelors degree in biochemistry, wildlife biology or a similar field is strongly preferred; GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Competitive applicants will be responsible, organized, punctual, and able to communicate and work well with others. The individual must have attention to detail, must take detailed notes, and must be able to work an independent and efficient manner.

Please e-mail Kellie Carim at kelliejcarim@fs.fed.us with a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, resume, academic transcripts and a list of three references. Please submit these materials as PDF attachments to e-mail.
Contact Person
Kellie Carim
Contact eMail
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