The Burghardt lab <> in the Entomology
department at the University of Maryland-College Park is hiring a Faculty
Research Assistant. The lab focuses on understanding the ecology of
plant/insect/soil interactions within human-managed landscapes. The
research assistant will function as a lab manager and technician. They will
aid in laboratory and protocol setup and contribute to the maintenance and
data collection for at least two current lab projects: (1) quantifying
insect herbivore communities, predation/parasitism rates, and plant traits
within a large-scale tree diversity experiment (BiodiversiTREE) located at
the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and (2) examining whether
rhizobial diversity determines soybean resistant to drought and herbivore
stress. The position will provide opportunities to work with Smithsonian
researchers and UMD extension scientists and involves interaction with
stakeholders and citizen scientists. Primary responsibilities will include
field and greenhouse data collection and management, specimen rearing and
identification, sample prep and processing as well as organization and
maintenance of equipment and chemical safety. While not a requirement of
the position, there will be opportunities for the assistant to participate
in data analysis and production of publications (co-authorship) and other
professional development activities if desired.

Required qualifications:

1.     Bachelor’s degree (preferably in biology/ecology or related field)

2.     Organizational and data collection skills

3.     Possession of (or ability to acquire) USA driver’s license

4.     Ability to work and collect data in adverse field conditions and
carry up to 25lbs

5.     Ability to troubleshoot problems, learn new field and laboratory
skills (such as those outlined below), and work with a diverse team that
includes graduate students, PIs, and postdocs

Desired qualifications (not all necessary but please mention in cover
letter if applicable):

1.     Insect collection/rearing/identification experience and/or soil
processing skills

2.     Plant trait measurements and plant cultivation in the

3.     Familiarity with the R, graphics production, data
entry/manipulation, and databases

4.     Experience with molecular techniques (e.g. microbial community
extractions for sequencing)

5.     Master’s degree OR previous biological research or technician

6.     Ability to start position between February and June 2019

Position details: This position is based at the College Park campus of the
University of Maryland within the Washington DC metropolitan area and
includes a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and benefits.
This is a full-time, 12-month, 1-yr+ position. Reappointment is available
for additional years’ conditional on satisfactory performance and the
availability of funds.

To apply: Interested candidates should send an application including (1)
cover letter including relevant skills, professional goals, and ideal start
date range (2) CV, and (3) names and contact information for three academic
or professional references to If possible, submit as a single
combined PDF file. Review of applicants will begin immediately and the
position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. All
applications received by January 31st will be guaranteed consideration.

*The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and
regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The
University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status,
age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital
status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of
rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment,
educational programs and activities, and admissions.*

Karin T. Burghardt, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
PLS 4120A
Department of Entomology
University of Maryland- College Park

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