The Biology Department is currently searching for a Research Assistant I to join their team. This is a temporary, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
With close supervision, the Research Assistant I will use established laboratory procedures to perform prescribed research tasks for a project examining fundamental processes in dinoflagellates that are responsible for harmful algal blooms. Sea duty may be required.
Analyze time series image data
Collect and analyze field samples of water, dinoflagellates, and sediment
Perform DNA extraction
Develop and apply molecular biology assays
Prepare data or material for analysis or presentation using standard research techniques
Process and analyze data according to established technical procedures
Maintain records related to the research and/or research equipment
As deemed necessary by supervisor
DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's Degree in Biology
Associate's degree in related field plus one year related experience
High School diploma or equivalent plus three years' related experience
Experience with ImageJ and Basic UNIX/Bash workflows
Laboratory, field, and computer skills, attention to detail, good communication, critical thinking, and an ability to work with a team in time-sensitive situations.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs. independently, 2-3 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs., 3-4 times per day. Visual abilities to include near. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, work around others, with others, and independently. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include repetitive motion, occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, climbing ladders/stools, pushing and pulling, twisting, kneeling, bending, and stooping. Will be exposed to excessive cold, heat, and/or humidity, grease and oils, hazardous substances or specimens, electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, prolonged work hours, and/or extended periods at sea. Physical duties are subject to change.
SEA DUTY CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTIONS:
May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.
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Internal Number: 2903521
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