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The Virginia Coast Reserve LTER is seeking a Scientific Specialist to support research operations at the University of Virginia’s Coastal Research Center located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The Scientific Specialist will join the LTER staff to provide logistical, technical, and data support for long-term ecological project operations and related research initiatives.

The Scientific Specialist coordinates daily with a small, dynamic team of station staff and a large, varied community of researchers. Duties include assisting with sampling programs related to water quality, coastal habitat, and meteorological data and providing logistical support for visiting scientists. They will be trained to help maintain deployed sensors and long-term data sets. Both field and laboratory duties will be required. The Specialist position is based on site at the Coastal Research Center (Oyster, VA).

The preferred candidate is expected to
— exhibit familiarity with scientific protocols and best practices for responsible handling of samples and data,
— have or be willing to obtain basic coding or programming skills, with an interest in continued learning toward support of scientific technology,
— demonstrate a willingness to solve problems and find creative solutions to support scientific technology and field logistics,
— have experience or a willingness to gain experience working around water and boats (in a coastal setting),
— demonstrate the ability to work effectively with and support diverse local and scientific communities.

The VCR-LTER and UVA CRC are committed to recruiting, hiring, and supporting a diverse staff and research community. We actively work to provide an inclusive environment that fosters varied perspectives, makes field research welcoming to all, and enhances the quality of our research program.

Salary: Base starts at $36,000 and is negotiable, commensurate with experience.

To apply, complete a Staff Application through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu, choose External or Internal applicant under Search & Apply, search posting number R0031968 [ENVS – LTER Scientific Specialist]). Electronically attach the following: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae / resume, and contact information for three (3) references. Be sure to address any pertinent experience, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to this position.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: Recruiting in January. Review applications in February. Interviews completed by mid-March. Target start date in April, though negotiable.