[Coral-List] Laboratory Technician Position in Coral Molecular Ecology

Andrew Baker abaker at rsmas.miami.edu
Thu Feb 23 14:26:34 EST 2006

Funding is available for a Laboratory Technician in coral molecular ecology
at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at the
University of Miami, Florida, USA (www.rsmas.miami.edu
<http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/> ). The successful candidate will assume
primary responsibility for the management and day-to-day operations of a
molecular laboratory specializing in the ecology and systematics of corals
and their symbiotic dinoflagellates ("zooxanthellae"), but will also be
involved in physiological experimental work at the University's Experimental
Hatchery facility, and coral reef fieldwork in Florida and elsewhere. 


Specific duties include extracting, purifying, archiving and analyzing DNA
from coral samples, ordering and management of scientific supplies and
reagents, managing undergraduate volunteers and interns, and working with
the principal investigator, postdoctoral associate and graduate students on
collaborative research projects. 


Ongoing research, funded principally by the US National Science Foundation,
the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, and the Wildlife Conservation Society,
uses both field survey and experimental approaches to study the responses of
reef corals to climate change. The position is funded for three years,
subject to satisfactory performance.


The successful candidate will also be encouraged to pursue independent
research and publication in related fields of interest.  


Candidates should have a Master's degree in molecular systematics, molecular
ecology and/or population genetics, but candidates with Bachelor's degrees
and an equivalent level of molecular experience will also be considered. 


Ideal candidates should be SCUBA-certified and be able to pass a physical
examination to obtain scientific diver certification with the American
Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Experience manipulating computer
models of climate change (e.g., Hadley dataset) and/or maintaining outdoor
aquarium systems is desirable, but not required.


Position includes benefits and a retirement package. Please submit a current
CV, names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter
indicating research interests and experience electronically as a single .pdf
file to Andrew Baker at abaker at rsmas.miami.edu. Applications are being
accepted immediately. The position will remain open until filled. The
University of Miami is an EEO/AA Employer.


Please post this advertisement as appropriate.



Andrew C. Baker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

University of Miami

4600 Rickenbacker Cswy.

Miami, FL 33149, USA

Voice: +1 (305) 421-4642

Fax: +1 (305) 421-4600

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