Sevilleta LTER Research Scientist - req# 10474
Research Scientist 1
|Working Title||Sevilleta LTER Research Scientist|
|Position Summary|| |
The University of New Mexico Biology Department (Rudgers and Collins) is seeking to fill a field-based research position at the level of Research Scientist I. This position has a large field ecology component and requires the ability to live for extended periods at the UNM Sevilleta Field Station near Socorro, New Mexico, during spring and fall data collection periods (up to five non-consecutive months per year) and to drive a field vehicle.
The primary responsibility of this research technician position is to work with other scientists to maintain experiment and sensors and collect and manage data for field-based experiments that include a climate warming experiment, a drought experiment, and a rainfall variability experiment. Job duties will include performing, and overseeing experiments and data collection to ensure data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance.
The position requires botanical skills, including the ability to identify plants to species at the research site and the ability to collect vegetation cover data without supervision. The successful candidate will have the ability to repair and maintain research equipment and work in a desert environment carrying field equipment. The position requires prior knowledge of how to operate and maintain field-based sensors (soil moisture, soil CO2), data loggers, and GPS units. Prior experience with sensor software is preferred (e.g., PuTTY, SoilFluxPro).
The ideal candidate will have familiarity with the construction and maintenance of photovoltaic power arrays and wiring. Skills in data management and analysis, including the use of Excel and prior management of large databases is a required qualification. Prior knowledge of statistical analysis methods, including work in the R coding language is preferred.
This is a term position (two-year appointment) with renewal contingent upon performance.
|Conditions of Employment|
Bachelor's degree; no previous experience required.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
BS degree, with GPA above 3.4.
Familiarity with the flora of central New Mexico.
Experience with field botany and plant identification, including the use of dichotomous keys.
Experience with vegetation sampling methods, including cover estimation using quadrats.
Experience ensuring the quality and integrity of long-term data sets.
Experience with independent research in biology, including statistical analysis and experimental design.
Experience with maintenance of experimental field infrastructure (e.g., rainfall experiments).
Experience with maintenance of sensors (CO2, soil moisture, soil temperature).
Experience with data loggers, and GPS units, and prior experience with sensor software (e.g., PuTTY, SoilFluxPro).
Experience with the construction and maintenance of photovoltaic power arrays and wiring.
Experience with GPS/GIS and spatial data processing and analysis.
|Campus||Main - Albuquerque, NM|
|Department||AS Biology General Administrative (048F)|
|Staff Type||Term - Full-Time|
|Term End Date||2 years from date of hire|
|Pay||$2,600.00 - $2,800.00/mo|
|Benefits Eligible||This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.|
|ERB Statement||Temporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.|
|Background Check Required||No|
|For Best Consideration Date||10/3/2019|
|Application Instructions||Please submit the following for a complete application: 1. Cover letter 2. Current resume/CV3. An Official Copy of College Transcripts|