Job announcement: Lab/Field Research Technician Position in Biogeochemistry and Plant-Microbe Interactions

We are looking to hire 1-2 lab/field technicians to work on the MMPRNT project!

The primary duties will consist of a) lab work (including, but not limited to DNA extractions, processing soil samples, nutrient analyses, data entry and general lab maintenance) and b) field work (plant and soil sampling) at both local sites and those located in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This position requires a small amount of travel (~1 day trip per month and 2-3 overnight trips over the entire field season).

Ideal candidates will have relevant laboratory and field work experience. We are particularly interested in candidates that can demonstrate a high level of attention to detail and ability to independently follow directions and protocols in both field and lab settings. Candidates should also be willing to work long field days under both hot and cold conditions and have excellent organizational skills. Successful candidates must have a B.S. or commensurate experience in plant or soil science, ecology or other closely related field.

This is a 40 hr/week non-benefited Technical Aide position under a 9-month hire with the potential for renewal for an additional 9 months depending on performance. Successful applicants will be offered health care through the Affordable Care Act. Compensation will be $12-$15 per hour, depending on qualifications of the applicant. A start date in March or April 2017 is preferred, but start dates up to May 15 will be considered. The technician will join the Evans Lab (http://saraheevanslab.weebly.com/) at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, which is located in Hickory Corners, MI, 15 miles NE of Kalamazoo, MI. Questions about the position and applications should be submitted to Steve Gougherty (gougher4@msu.edu). Applications will begin to be reviewed Feb 15, 2017 and accepted until the position is filled.

Applications, sent to as a single pdf file, should include:
1) Cover letter (1 page maximum) describing qualifications and research goals
2) CV or resume
3) Names, contact information, and brief synopsis of relationship for three references.

MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Welcome to Cody!

We are happy to welcome Cody Bekkering to the Friesen Lab and MMPRNT project! Cody will be the plant point person for the upcoming field season and also work on validating software for root image analysis.

Update from the Evans Lab

Graduate student Tayler Chicoine has started washing roots with a Hydropneumatic Elutriation System and assessing abundance of N-fixation genes from soil samples collected at switchgrass variety plots at the GLBRC, plans are also underway to develop a greenhouse study based on this work.