Research Specialist: Evolutionary Ecology Lab

Holden Forests & Gardens
Kirtland, OH
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The Science & Conservation: Research department at Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) is looking for a Research Specialist to join the Evolutionary Ecology team. The team is interested in the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that influence plant adaptation to rapid environmental change, through the lenses of ecology, genomics, and microbiome. The team is currently funded by National Science Foundation and state grants. The Research Specialist will contribute to a project on plant-microbiome symbiosis that leverages robotic and phenotyping platforms to advance our understanding of the rules that govern microbe-microbe and microbe-plant interactions under changing climates. The Research Specialist will conduct field sampling, maintain cultures of plants and microbes, perform manipulative experiments and microbiome sequencing, and prepare scientific results for presentation and publication. The Research Specialist will have opportunities to travel to collaborators’ labs, perform outreach, mentor undergraduate and high school students, and present at meetings and conferences. This position is based out of the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, OH in the Long Science Center. We are looking for a motivated member who is curious to understand how symbiosis works, passionate to work at the interface of plant biology, ecology, evolution, microbiology, computer science, statistics, and environmental science, dedicated to share findings with communities, and willing to do meaningful work in an organization that values diversity of thoughts and perspectives. Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. HF&G strives for a welcoming workplace where everyone feels that they belong.
Qualifications and Skills: Demonstrated passion for people and nature A bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, or related field, required Master of Science or higher, preferred Experience with field work, preferred Experience with laboratory work including but not limited to microbial culturing and assays, aseptic techniques, DNA/RNA extraction, and PCR, required Experience with data management practices using Microsoft 365, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive, required Experience with statistical data analyses using R, programming, bioinformatics, or related skills, preferred Experience with scientific writing, preferred  A valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record, required
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