The Swei lab at San Francisco State University seeks two (2) research technicians with field ecology experience to work with graduate and undergraduate students in a vector and pathogen ecology study in San Francisco, California. This research is part of an NSF-funded study to investigate small mammal host and pathogen genetic diversity of tick-borne pathogens such as Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi. The successful candidate will conduct animal population surveys and pathogen infection monitoring on small mammals, reptiles, and ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area. Specific tasks include small mammal live trapping and handling, tissue collection, lizard trapping and handling, tick drag sampling, and wildlife camera monitoring. Additional tasks will include data entry and some laboratory work to detect and characterize pathogen infection and data analysis. The position is short-term from April 5th through May 23rd, 2021.
Coursework in biology (esp. ecology, entomology, mammalogy, or wildlife biology) and one year of technical research or field ecology work experience are required. Must be able to work in a team under adverse, outdoor conditions and must be detail oriented. Must also be interested in and willing to learn field and molecular techniques. A valid California driver’s license is required.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience conducting field ecology projects. In particular, experience handling and identifying vertebrates, especially small mammals is preferred. Additional animal handling experience and molecular lab experience will be given preference. Experience working both independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary team, and a demonstrated ability to problem-solve independently are ideal.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and 2-3 letters of reference by March 1, 2021 for full consideration