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Parasitology Research Technician

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 16, 2024

Job Summary

The Johnson Laboratory in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department is seeking parasitology research technician (s) with expertise in aquatic parasites for a full-time, temporary position at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The primary responsibilities of this individual will be to perform necropsies on a wide range of amphibian, fish, birds, and snail species to identify and quantify macroparasite infections.
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 organisms.

Research Areas: Our faculty specialize in many fields of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Interested in learning more? Visit the various research interests of our faculty.

In the Field: Our faculty, students and researchers travel the world to conduct research in ecology and evolution. Learn more about their experiences and stories in our In the Field articles.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Primarily responsibilities will include (i) isolation of macroparasites for molecular and morphological vouchers and (ii) use of microscopic imaging techniques to document infections in situ.
  • During the summer, the selected individual may also train and oversee a small team of technicians and students to help with parasite identification and quantification.
  • In addition, the individual will help coordinate laboratory management, including animal husbandry and care protocols, equipment and supply purchasing, and database management.
  • This position offers a unique leadership opportunity to work with a vibrant scientific team on the study of disease community ecology.
  • Optional opportunities will be available to participate in scientific publishing, grant-writing, and the design/analysis of laboratory experiments, depending on the applicant’s specific interests.
What You Should Know

The anticipated start date is May of 2024.

What We Can Offer

The hiring range for this appointment is $18-23 per hour.

Temporary positions at the University of Colorado are not benefits-eligible, however, all positions are eligible for paid sick leave .

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What We Require
  • A successful candidate for this position should have a background in aquatic parasitology with extensive experience involving animal necropsy, preferably with aquatic vertebrates.
  • Applicants are expected to have strong organizational skills, demonstrated experience in data management, and an ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary scientific team.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Experience with data management programs, such as Microsoft Excel and R, is preferred.
  • The position prefers a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field related to ecological or veterinary sciences and requires demonstrated prior experience in identifying parasites.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until May 31st, 2024.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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