Biology Research Assistant

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 17, 2020
Employment Type
Part Time
Job Description

This is a temporary, non-benefited position to aid with macroinvertebrate sorting, identification, and counting.

Smith College uses freshwater macroinvertebrates in the Mill River as bioindicators for impacts of sediment redistribution in Paradise Pond. Macroinvertebrates were sampled from the river in June and September of 2020 and assistance is needed in sorting, identifying, and counting the preserved samples.


This work will require meticulous attention to detail and the ability to use a dissecting microscope and identification keys to sort, identify, and count macroinvertebrates. It is essential that protocols for using ethyl alcohol, general lab safety, and complying with regulations around Covid-19 (including bi-weekly testing provided by Smith College) are carefully followed. Data entry and quality checks will also be part of the work. Training will be provided on how to identify organisms and how to follow safety protocols, but previous experience working in a lab and using technical keys to identify organisms (especially for insects or macroinvertebrates) is desired.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s Degree required. Previous experience working in a lab and with identifying organisms (especially macroinvertebrates) preferred.

In order to be considered for this position you must upload a current resume and cover letter. Please indicate in your cover letter your preference to work a full or a part-time schedule.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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