The Freshwater Mussel Group at Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources is looking for a seasonal laboratory technician in our Dallas, TX office to perform a variety of scientific research laboratory tasks and fieldwork. Primary job duties include: thin-sectioning of mussel shells (including polishing, slide preparation, and software analysis to determine age), DNA extraction and PCR, assisting with aquatic ecotoxicology studies, and aquarium maintenance. Training will be provided for the right candidate. Additional duties will include freshwater mussel surveys in rivers and streams across Texas. Fieldwork will include visual and tactile search for mussels (wading and snorkeling), mussel identification, and data entry. Typical work schedule: 5 days per week, 8 hours per day. Occasionally, longer workdays may be required to complete field sampling. Applicants must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, enjoy working with others and have a good sense of humor. Housing will not be provided except during overnight sampling trips. Applicants should anticipate residing near Richardson, Texas.
Possess a B.S. or B.A. in biology or closely related field; familiar with basic laboratory protocols; highly responsible and self-motivated; able to accurately collect data with strong attention to detail. Preference will be given to applicants with previous freshwater mussel experience, aquatic laboratory experience, and SCUBA certification.
Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references as a single email attachment to Jennifer.Morton@ag.tamu.edu. Start date is flexible. Positions will be 4 months, although there is the possibility of funding for a graduate degree at Texas A&M University depending upon performance.