The University of New Brunswick Fredericton welcomes applications for the position of Laboratory/Field Technician with the Department of Biology. This is a full-time (36.25 hours per week), term position ending November 10, 2023 with a salary range of $37,162 - $46,454 per annum.
The Heard Lab supervises research graduate students and staff to perform research and produce scholarly publications in fields including evolutionary ecology, entomology, and science studies. This work is often collaborative both inside and outside UNB. The Lab/Field Technician works under Heard's direction to support research and publication activities, including activities of graduate students in the lab and of graduate students and staff in collaborating labs.
- Assist with conducting of field and lab experiments.
- Collect, process, and analyze biological samples.
- Provide data entry, organize data, and analyze.
- Research online and via library (e.g., preparation of annotated bibliographies).
- Order supplies and equipment, maintain lab inventory, prepare paperwork.
- Coordinate field and lab work of other employees in support of Pl, grad student, and collaborator research.
- Other administrative tasks and duties, as required.
- Bachelor's degree in Biology, Forestry, or Environmental Sciences.
- Minimum 6 months' full-time employment as a research assistant including both lab and field work.
- Competent with basic tree, ground vegetation, and insect identification, including use of dichotomous keys. Identification of common forest insect pests including bark beetles, spruce budworm larval instars, etc.
- Proficient with conifer branch sampling, defoliation assessment, and age classification of branches and buds.
- Experience conducting ecological research (in teams) in the field, and managing large datasets with R. Excel, or other tools. Knowledge of GPS and basic ARC-GIS software for mapping.
- Must have the ability to travel.
- Wilderness first aid, experience mounting/organizing insect collections, root preparation and washing of plant specimens, building/maintaining lab inventory, and dealing with biohazardous samples would be assets.
- Experience with extraction and amplification of mtDNA for population genetic studies would be an asset.
Closing date for applications is November 5, 2021 4:30PM.
This position is covered by the terms and conditions contained in the Collective Agreement negotiated between UNB and PSAC/PTSU Local 60551.
The University of New Brunswick and PSAC/PTSU Local 60551 are committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.