Research Specialist II: Job Description
This position will be responsible for day-to-day field operations at the Missouri Ozark AmeriFlux (MOFLUX) site. MOFLUX is an ecosystem flux observatory located at the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center (BWREC), one of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources’ farms and centers within the Agriculture Experiment Station. The successful candidate will oversee maintenance and general day-to-day operations at the flux tower site, supporting MOFLUX research activities, facilitating site-use by collaborators, providing support to graduate students conducting field work, and helping to supervise temporary student workers during the summer months. The individual will work with other BWREC staff and faculty in support of center-level outreach to help communicate MOFLUX science to the public.
Generally, work will take place during normal business hours, however, the individual should have the flexibility to periodically work irregular hours (e.g., predawn plant sampling) at times.
Research support: Duties will include assisting with the maintenance of field equipment (e.g., micrometeorological instrumentation), and coordinating the collection of routine biometric data sets. The individual will be responsible for managing the biometric data sets, and providing periodic data summaries. It is anticipated that the individual may eventually assist with data analysis and curating larger historical data sets on an ad hoc basis.
RESEARCH SPECIALIST II
Univ of Missouri
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Required qualifications: A Bachelor's degree (in atmospheric science, ecology or related science discipline) or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience; and at least 1 year of experience.
Preferred qualifications: MS degree in atmospheric science, ecology or related science discipline, and at least 1 year of experience.
Skills: Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and in a team environment. Experience with deploying, maintaining and troubleshooting automated data acquisition systems and scientific instrumentation. Experience with data management and analysis using computer software—proficiency in a programming language (e.g., R, Python, or MATLAB) will be considered an asset. Strong written and oral communication skills. Experience with scientific field work in forests and associated methods (e.g., tree ID/inventory), and the ability to navigate complex terrain.
Remuneration: The pay rate for this benefits-eligible position is $16.92–$23.80 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.
Application materials: Applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter that describes their specific qualifications and experiences that make them ideally suited for this position, 2) a current resume or CV, and 3) the names and contact information of three references. Do not submit reference letters as part of the application package.