Research Assistant I/II - Soil Warming

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Position Summary

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for two full-time, year-round Research Assistants. These positions are funded through federally grants in support of soil warming experiments at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts. These experiments are part of a long-term study investigating the effects of climate change on carbon and nitrogen cycling in a northern temperate forest. The Research Assistants will work on two soil warming experiments.

Additional Information

Duties include on-site assistance in the operation and maintenance of the soil warming experiments that use resistance cables buried in the soil to warm soils 5oC above ambient year around. Research tasks include: maintenance of the soil warming experiments; sampling of trace gases, soil, and vegetation for chemical analyses; laboratory analyses of field samples; data management and analysis; participation in the writing of scientific papers.

Basic Qualifications

College graduate with a Bachelor’s (Research Assistant I) or Master’s (Research Assistant II) degree in Ecological science. Strong math and statistical skills, attention to detail, experience in independent research and coursework with laboratory and field components. Applicant must be comfortable with electric circuitry and be able to operate chemical analytical equipment including autoanalyzer, CHN analyzer and gas chromatograph.

Physical Requirements

This position involves working outdoors as part of a team in 3+ seasons.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The following are required documents and must be uploaded with your application:
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume/CV
3. References (at least 3 with contact information)


The Marine Biological Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

Molly Kelleher
Human Resources Office
Office Hours-9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 289-7422

Expiration Date: 
Thu, 2014-08-14

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