Lab Manager Position (Full-Time)

A full-time position of LAB MANAGER is available at Temple University’s Center for Biodiversity within the joint lab of Drs. Matthew Helmus and Jocelyn Behm. The lab mission is to integrate biodiversity science with human ecology to understand contemporary patterns of biodiversity and its functioning within ecosystems.  The lab manager will be responsible for research activities and overseeing day-to-day operations of the lab including:

  • Data mining
  • Genetic sequencing
  • Functional trait measurement
  • Biodiversity sampling
  • Ecosystem-service assessments (in the lab and the field, including sampling birds)
  • Managing undergraduate research assistants
  • Database maintenance
  • Lab administration
Proficiency in all of these areas is not expected, instead applicants must have the ability, background, and enthusiasm to learn relevant techniques.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in biology, environmental science, or other relevant field. Ideal applicants are those with relevant prior research experience, but most importantly, the successful applicant will be well-organized, able to work both independently and in a team setting, and motivated to learn. This position is ideal for those craving experience in the exciting, fast-paced world of biodiversity science before pursuing a higher degree.
Please email applications to Include your CV, unofficial transcript, contact information for three references, and a brief letter of interest that describes your relevant background experiences, managerial skills, and why you are interested in the position.
Review of applications will begin August 12, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable, salary is commensurate with experience, and the position includes a competitive benefits package. The position is initially for one year, and can be extended two more years given positive work reviews. Possible extensions of the position are also likely as funding is acquired.
The Center for Biodiversity is located in a new LEED-Gold certified building on Temple’s main campus in historic Philadelphia. The Center provides state-of-the-art biodiversity research facilities along with support staff with expertise in media development, GIS technology, and genetics. Temple University, founded in 1884, is a public R1 university with a diverse student body of ca. 40,000 students. It is the sixth largest provider of graduate school education in the U.S., is within the top 4% of research institutions in the U.S., and is in the top ten of the fastest gainers in ranking by the US News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Philadelphia is the birthplace of America, filled with numerous attractions (e.g., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences), amazing food, and a quick train ride to New York City and Washington DC. Philadelphia is nestled within an extensive national/state trail and park system, and is very close to Valley Forge National Park, the Pocono Mountains, the unique Pine Barren ecosystem, and the beaches of the Atlantic shore.
Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.
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