NRRI Researcher 2: Phytoplankton Associate Scientist

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University of Minnesota

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Duluth, Minnesota

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Job Details Full-timeEstimated: $44,000 – $56,000 a year4 hours ago Qualifications – Heavy lifting – Taxonomy – Organizational skills – Data management – Computer skills – Bachelor’s degree – Master’s degree Full Job Description Required Qualifications: – Bachelor’s degree in the environmental sciences. – Experience with microscopic analysis of algae, algal taxonomy and aquatic environmental field work. – Excellent data management and computer skills including proficiency in database and spreadsheet software. – Ability to communicate and work closely with team members of many disciplines in both a laboratory and outdoor setting. – Physical Requirements: Physical ability to work up to 8 hours per day doing microscopy or outdoors on watercraft vessels collecting samples, sometimes in inclement weather. itional hours beyond 8 per day may be required when collecting samples. Occasional heavy lifting (~50 lbs) is required Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in environmental science or related field. Evidence of ability to write scientifically (e.g., narratives, reports and presentations). Peer-reviewed publications are especially favorable. Experience with taxonomy and identification of diatom algae. Familiarity with basic statistics used in aquatic ecology. Strong organizational skills. Research program funded by federal and state grants focused on algae research-the microscopic life forms found in freshwater lakes. We handle large, international collaborative research programs that provide expertise in the study of aquatic microorganisms. One major program focuses on understanding long-term patterns in Great Lakes phytoplankton. NRRI researchers collaborate with national and worldwide organizations and agencies to respond to research questions related to environmental stress. In doing so we develop tools and strategies to inform management and provide feedback to private and public sector stakeholders. 100% time, continuous appointment as funding allows. This position will focus largely on assessment of Great Lakes phytoplankton and maintaining strict taxonomic quality protocols that meet United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) standards. The Researcher 2 performs research-related work assignments requiring knowledge and experience with complex aquatic species analysis while building on knowledge and skills through multi-disciplinary collaborative research, coordination of large data sets and performing sampling, identification and analysis. Given the complexity and specific nature of the primary goals of this position (i.e., Great Lakes phytoplankton), the successful completion of significant taxonomic training during year 1 on Great Lakes phytoplankton taxonomy will be required. Job Duties: 10% Perform field work on aquatic systems. Provide expertise in environmental field sampling and analysis. 55% Analyze algae samples and use taxonomic identification skills. Identify and document species from local and regional ecosystems. This includes identifying algal species to the level of species or subspecies using high-resolution microscopy (1000-1250 X light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy). Diatom algae are especially diverse and complex, so understanding of diatom taxonomy and ecology is greatly valued 10% Assist in designing research projects; plan and perform complex, multi-step experimental analyses; record all experimental protocols and data; generate sample QA control analysis reports, provide detailed documentation and communication of completed procedures. 10% Perform data entry and maintain accurate databases. Keep detailed records of all activities. Manage large data sets including describing and archiving data sets for future use. Plan and facilitate database searches. 5% Coordinate and maintain laboratory equipment and supplies 5% Perform experiments and analyze experimental samples. Generate, record, perform data analysis, interpretation and presentation. Summarize and interpret data. Experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals as a primary author will become an increasingly important part of the position, so previous experience is highly desirable. 5% Support PI in writing narratives and reports as required. Prepare presentations on data and scientific findings. The Natural Resources Research Institute was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1983 as an applied science and engineering research organization to inform state citizens and decision-makers while leveraging the power of the University of Minnesota. NRRI is guided by the forward-looking charter provided by the Legislature to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment. NRRI’s mission is to deliver integrated research solutions that value our resources, environment and economy for a sustainable and resilient future. We are a mission-driven, project-focused team working to create opportunities for natural resource stewardship. With industrial-scale facilities in Duluth and Coleraine, MN, NRRI works across five strategic research platforms. These platforms ress Minnesota’s soil, forest, water and mineral resources: Applied Ecology and Resource Management Minerals and Metallurgy Materials and Bioeconomy Data Collection and Delivery Commercialization Services Applications must be submitted online. To for this position, go to and search for job opening . Complete applications must include: A letter expressing interest, availability, experience, and strengths as they relate to the position A current resume/curriculum vitae Contact information for three professional references The cover letter and CV/resume will be attached during the application process. First submit the application and then return to the ‘My Activities’ page to attach the itional documents. Please send any inquiries to Jane Dzuck, . To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (3316). Please Note: If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact U of M Benefits at 1- for any eligibility limitations. 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