Ecology and Evolutionary Biology encourage applications for a
Biological soil crusts are communities of moss, lichen, and
cyanobacteria that occur at the mineral soil surface in drylands
around the globe. Biocrusts serve important ecosystem services
including soil stabilization and fertility. Biocrusts are
vulnerable to both physical disturbance and climate change and can
be slow to recover. Much work around the world has gone into
understanding how to cultivate and restore biocrusts using
laboratory, greenhouse, and field techniques. To understand whether
these restoration efforts are successful and under what conditions
they are most likely to succeed, we aim to build a database of
biocrust restoration studies and to use meta-analysis to
statistically test the results of these studies. The research
assistant will review existing literature about dryland biological
soil crust restoration, enter data into a database, and use R with
RStudio to run meta-analytical statistical methods. The research
assistant will have regular meetings and work sessions with
researchers in the Barger Lab at CU Boulder to update on progress
and trouble-shoot challenges. The research assistant is expected to
clearly communicate, ask questions, be detail oriented, and have an
interest in environmental sciences.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
EBIO's disciplinary strengths include ecology, evolution, genetics,
behavior, biology education research and systematics. Our research
programs have relevance for global change, conservation biology,
the spread of diseases, and revealing fundamental mechanisms
underlying the structural and functional adaptations of
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What We Can Offer
- Searching for relevant scientific articles.
- Reading scientific literature in detail.
- Extracting key pieces of information from literature
- Maintaining and building a scientific database.
- Use online resources to access relevant environmental and
- Using R and RStudio to run linear models and
- Reporting and communicating results.
The hiring range for this part-time appointment is $16-18.00 per
Temporary positions at the University of Colorado are not
benefits-eligible, however, all positions are eligible for paid sick leave
Be ambitious. Be pioneering. Be Boulder.
What We Require
- Previous experience reading scientific literature, previous
experience working with large datasets in Excel, and experience
with R with RStudio.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Cover Letter
- Optional: Statement Describing Research Related Goals
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue
until September 25th, 2023.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
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