The City University of New York’s newest facility, the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), boasts the success of the University’s rich past, and the determination to become a national leader in visionary scientific research in the future. With a focus in the fields of Nanotechnology, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Sciences, the ASRC will operate as a nucleus of a University-wide science enterprise, fostering the development of an integrated research network that brings together faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows from CUNY’s colleges across the five boroughs. This state-of-the-art facility houses a staff of elite scientists and leaders who will seek to break down the walls between disparate but increasingly inter-related disciplines of applied science. The Environmental Initiative of the ASRC occupies a full floor this six-story building is developing a state-of-the-art class Advanced Laboratory for Chemical and Isotopic Signatures as well as a nitrogen biogeochemistry laboratory.
Applications are invited for a research technician to work with Dr. Peter Groffman on two National Science Foundation funded research projects on soil, plant, insect and bird dynamics in residential ecosystems and landscapes in Baltimore, MD. The work will include hiring and supervising up to four hourly employees to collect field data on soils, plants, insects and birds in residential neighborhoods in Baltimore, assist other project personnel in securing permission from homeowners to collect field data on their property, organize field data collection plans and managing and analyzing of field data. The work will require close collaboration with other personnel working on these projects and other research associated with the National Science Foundation urban long term ecological research project, the Baltimore Ecoystem Study. The position will be based at the Baltimore Ecosystem Study field office location on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
The position is funded for 12 months with the possibility of further extension.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Hire and supervise hourly employees to collect field data on soils, plants, insects and birds in residential neighborhoods in Baltimore.
- Assist in securing permission from homeowners to collect field data on their property.
- Organize field data collection plans.
- Management and analysis of field data.
- Collaborates with internal and external colleagues.
- Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties.
- Performs related duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and professional competencies:
- A B.A., B.S. or M.S. degree in a relevant research areas (e.g., Ecology, Soil Science, Environmental Science) is essential
- Experience in collection and analysis of ecological field data
- Expertise in soil, plant, insect, avian or urban ecology
- Experience of supervising students at under-graduate and post-graduate level
- Production of scientific reports
- A proven team player, able to collaborate and motivate successfully
- Ability to plan workload effectively
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well independently or as part of a team