Research Technician : Mosquito ecology: Aiken, SC

Agency
University of Georgia
Location
Aiken, SC
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$11-$12.00/hour
Start Date
02/15/2021
Last Date to Apply
03/31/2021
Website
https://srel.uga.edu/
Description
The Savannah River Ecology Lab (SREL) is looking to hire one temporary research technician for 8 months to assist with laboratory research being conducted at the Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC. The technician will primarily work on projects focused on primarily on mosquito ecology. As a part of this study the technician will work in close collaboration with other students, postdocs, faculty and agency personnel to help investigate the ecological and evolutionary factors affecting mosquito vectorial capacity. The technician will also be involved in experiments focusing on the trophic transfer of contaminants (e.g., copper) and the effects of contaminant exposure on vectorial capacity. The successful candidate will also help in maintaining several ongoing experiments with invertebrates including mosquito evolution under specific selection pressures (e.g., parasite infection). Other duties include data entry/organization and general lab work while at SREL. Employment will begin as early as mid-February 2021 and will continue for 4 months with a possibility to extend for an additional 4 months. There may also be opportunities for the technician to transition to a MS position in Fall 2021 (see details below). Further information: The technician will work under the supervision of Dr. Guha Dharmarajan. Details on Dr. Dharmarajan’s lab group can be found at https://srel.uga.edi/directory/faculty/. Details on SREL can be found at https://srel.uga.edu/. Details on the University of Georgia can be found at www.uga.edu
Qualifications
Minimum qualifications for this position include a B.S. degree in evolutionary biology, ecology, entomology or a related discipline. Please note that there may be a possibility for the technician to transition to a MS position at the lab in Fall 2021. Thus, preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate exceptional lab skills (specifically related to entomology and/or genetics), good academic performance (as evidenced by GPA and GRE scores), as well as evidence of any publications and/or conference presentations. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, responsible, and enthusiastic individual who is eager to learn new skills. Technician will need to be organized, responsible, detail orientated, and comfortable working alone. Must be able to work in all weather conditions including hot, humid, and rainy weather. Must be able to tolerate biting insects, working at a lab bench for 6+ hours, and be capable of moderate hiking up to 6+ miles a day over uneven terrain. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Must have a valid US driver’s license. SREL is located on the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina. A security clearance will be required. Applicants must be able to pass a background investigation. How to Apply: Please email cover letter and CV to Guha (guha@srel.uga.edu). Please minimally include the following information in your CV: (a) BS institution, graduation year and GPA; (b) GRE scores (if available); (c) Details of lab/field experience; (d) Names and contact information for three references. Please submit Cover letter and CV as a single Word/PDF document. Please name the file with the following “LastName_FirstName_SREL_Application”. Thus, if your name is Jane Doe, your application file will be named: “Doe_Jane_SREL_Application” Screening of applications will start immediately and continue the position is filled.
Contact Person
Guha Dharmarajan
Contact Phone
8037253241
Contact eMail
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