The Miller Lab in the Department of BioSciences is looking to hire a research technician in the area of ecology.
Research in the Miller Lab addresses fundamental questions regarding population dynamics and the population-level consequences of inter-specific interactions, mostly in plant and insect systems. The Miller lab's work spans population, community, and evolutionary ecology, including the spread of biological invasions, the dynamics of consumer-resource and host-symbiont interactions, and the evolution of life histories.
We are recruiting a full-time research technician who would oversee undergraduate personnel, plant ecology research projects, and data management. The position would include work in the field, greenhouse, and laboratory, and would require day trips and multi-day travel to field sites and natural history collections. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in ecology or related disciplines, including field experience, and basic knowledge of molecular techniques (DNA extraction, multiplex PCR, gel electrophoresis). Experience with plant propagation, GIS, statistics, and computer programming are also desirable. The position is ideal for a recent college graduate interested in gaining research experience before applying to graduate schools.
This is a full time (40 hours/week), one year, term limited benefits eligible position, with possible annual renewal. Summer start date (June-August 2022) is preferred.
- Assists in conducting research and experiments in the area of plant ecology
- Collects and tracks basic data using spreadsheets and database
- Assists in the laboratory setup and day-to-day technical operations, including promoting safety, maintaining equipment, creating kits, and preparing reagents
- Supervises students in the lab
- Prepares procurement requests and orders materials and supplies, manages sample and stock database, sets up and manages experiments, and maintains research results for publications
- Performs all other duties as assigned
- HS Diploma
- 3 years of experience in the area of ecology or related disciplines
- Related experience gained through lab internships or independent undergraduate research is allowed
- In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
- Basic knowledge of molecular techniques (DNA extraction, multiplex PCR, gel electrophoresis)
- Ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software, Microsoft Office Suite
- Basic math and research skills
- Good organization skills and strong attention to detail
- Ability to listen and communicate effectively (verbal, written)
- Ability to work independently and in team environments
- Ability to conduct basic evaluation and analysis of data
- Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards
- Bachelor's degree in ecology or related disciplines
- Experience with plant propagation, GIS, statistics, and computer programming
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.