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Title: Research Coordinator & Assistant Scientist Grade: C43 FLSA: Exempt
Date: March, 2021 Reports to: NGRREC Senior Scientist
Scope of Position:
The person in this position will manage and participate in a variety of field and laboratory research activities, providing day-to-day support for NGRREC principal scientists, visiting scholars, and research equipment. The Research Coordinator and Assistant Scientist will have knowledge of all NGRREC Research programs and work closely with NGRREC scientists to supervise technicians, coordinating activities among programs. Because of the close working relationship with NGRREC principal scientists, the Assistant Scientist and Research Coordinator will have the opportunity to apply knowledge of natural resources and biological systems to develop collaborative and independent research projects occurring at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC).
Key Measurable Expectations (KME)
The following KMEs are normal for this position and not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned.
• Oversee all aspects of research support for principal scientists including staff,
equipment and facilities.
• Supervise and train and coordinate schedules of technical staff and research associates in a range of biological and physical sciences occurring both in the field and the laboratory.
• Assist with animal collection and identification in various projects, and maintain updated IACUC training certifications.
• Manage laboratory operations by ensuring functionality of instruments, overseeing processing and analyses of biological samples, developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for future research projects, and instructing technical staff in SOPs.
• Maintain water quality monitoring stations located in local rivers and lakes, and provide support to collaborating partners hosting remote stations.
• Supervise and train technical staff and research associates in facility operations and use of NGRREC boats, ORV’s, trucks, and trailers.
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with outside organizations to advance research related to NGRREC’s mission.
• Provide technical support relating to mesocosm operation to in-house and visiting scientists.
• Participate in outreach activities by leading tours, delivering presentations to groups and the public, and contributing in educational programs (e.g., event activity leader, managing a NGRREC booth/table at special events, advisor in NGRREC internship program, etc.).
• Position may perform research responsibilities under the direction of the Executive Director at capacity of 0-25% time:
o Under the direction of the Executive Director, position may engage in the following:
o Collaborate with NGRREC principal scientists on development of grant proposals and or conducting original research as needed.
o Collaborate with NGRREC principal scientists as needed to publish research results in peer reviewed scientific journals and at professional meetings and conferences.
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
• M.S. degree in biology, ecology, geology, agriculture, or related field
• At least 4 years of applicable research experience in a professional setting, including experience conducting laboratory and/or field experiments (and associated statistical analyses)
• Proficiency in the use of software tools, for example Microsoft Office, R, ArcGIS, and willingness to learn new computer applications
• Evidence of scientific productivity (e.g., publications, presentations, reports)
• Ability to effectively work individually and in a team setting
• Physical ability to work outdoors in rough terrain and all weather conditions
• Physical ability to swim 50 meters
• Physical ability to lift 25 lbs
• Physical ability to work standing for long periods of time
• Availability for early/late hours, weekend work, and occasional travel
• Drivers license
• Record of peer-reviewed publications
• Experience mentoring interns and technical staff
• Familiarity with research related to large rivers
• Ability to operate a boat on the Mississippi River and other challenging environments