Lab Manager Position

The Integrative Ecology Lab at Temple University is hiring a Lab Manager with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2024. The lab mission is to integrate biodiversity science with human ecology to understand contemporary patterns of biodiversity and its functioning within ecosystems (www.iecolab.org). Our strengths are conducting field research and leveraging data science to address interesting ecological questions. The lab manager will assist with research activities and overseeing day-to-day operations of the lab.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in field and lab research
  • Supervising undergraduate students
  • Maintaining lab databases
  • Performing lab managerial duties such as ordering and website maintenance
  • Monitoring and maintaining lab equipment and facilities
  • Contributing to writing and editing manuscripts
  • Coding in R and using ArcGIS
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Current research activities are largely focused on the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) invasion. We conduct field work, compile and analyze large datasets pertaining to lanternfly ecology. In addition, we build free, web-based applications for our collaborators and stakeholders (slf.iecolab.org). The lab manager will be involved in these aspects of lanternfly research plus additional projects within the lab.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in biology, environmental science, or other relevant field
  • Prior field research experience
  • Experience coding in R and using GIS
  • Familiarity with standard biodiversity field and laboratory equipment
  • Ability to interact with diverse lab members, support staff, collaborators, and stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines
  • Must be well organized, motivated to learn, and able to work independently and in a team setting

Proficiency in all of these areas is not expected, instead applicants must have the ability, background, and enthusiasm to learn relevant techniques. This is a great opportunity for recent graduates to gain research and management experience before the next stage in their career.

To apply, send as a single pdf:

  • a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position,
  • your CV,
  • and the names and contact information for three references

to igsmith@temple.edu with subject line: Lab Manager Position. Review of applications will begin April 12, 2024.

 

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 Integrative Ecology lab is housed within the Center for Biodiversity at Temple University. Their offices and lab spaces are 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. 30,000 students. Temple University is a global center of academic excellence that believes in the power of an accessible education that sparks positive change. 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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