Mussel Research Group at Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute is seeking applications for a temporary Research Technician. The individual will assist research in conservation genetics of freshwater mussels in Texas. Primary job duties include archiving tissue samples, DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing, and fragment analyses; however, the individual should expect occasional field sampling of mussels. Fieldwork includes visual and tactile search for mussels (wading and snorkeling), mussel identification, and data entry. Typical work schedule: 5 days per week, 8 hrs per day. Occasionally, longer workdays may be required to complete field sampling.
BS in Biology or related field is required. The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, be self-motivated and enthusiastic, and be capable of working independently and as part of a team. Experience with general genetic techniques (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, etc.) and strong background in phylogenetics/population genetics are highly desirable.
Application Deadline and Process: As a single email attachment, submit a cover letter summarizing your research interest and career goals, a resume or CV, and names and contact information for three professional references to Kentaro Inoue (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will start April 23, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.