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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 793350
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 08
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Entomology Agriculture And Natural Res 10002268
Sub Area: CT- Clerical Tech.
Salary: 18.20
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Clerical Technical- CT, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

This position will serve as a research technician the Herbivory Variability Network, an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network with more than 200 members from 30+ counties. Our network is focused on understanding the role of variability in the ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions around the world and across the tree of life. The research technician will use data science and team science skills to help coordinate the management of the network, including development and dissemination of field protocols, network communication, and database management. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic and growing research group. Duties will include managing and tidying network data, receiving and integrating new data submissions from collaborators, exporting data from our database for analyses, assisting with data science analyses, helping to coordinate working groups, disseminating network materials, facilitating the team science we do, and responding to collaborator inquiries.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to a B.S. degree in ecology, data science, or a related field; up to six months of experience; strong experience with the R programming language; strong communication skills; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

M.S. degree in ecology, data science, or a related field; experience facilitating team science; experience with collaborative coding; excellent organizational and communication skills; experience with data cleaning and management; knowledge of the ecology of plants and/or herbivores; passion for science and creativity in the face of obstacles.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume and cover letter

Together-we-will Statement

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Description of End Date

This is a limited-term position funded for one year from date of hire, with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.


Bidding eligibility ends July 5, 2022 at 11:55 P.M.

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Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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