Work location for this position is at the Brackenridge Field Labs. Occasional work on Saturdays and Sundays, or long field days will be required.
Work on invasive species research by performing skilled laboratory functions, tasks and experiments needed for the culture and investigation of phorid flies, fire ants, crazy ants, moth parasitoids, grass fungi and herbivores.
Perform laboratory duties associated with rearing insects such as phorid flies, ants, and herbivorous insections. Participate in experiments on invasive species as directed by the lab manager and researchers. Some outdoor work required. Collect ant colonies or plant samples for lab cultures. Outdoor work at remote field sites required including some overnight camping. Help to improve the lab processes, efficiency and safety. Assist in general lab maintenance and cleaning. Help update lab manuals and assist with training incoming staff. Assist lab manager with administrative tasks, workflow planning, data entry, materials and equipment supplies, vehicle maintenance, curating samples.
Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.
Other related functions as assigned.
High school graduation or GED. Experience in a natural science field, or a technical laboratory. A strong work ethic and attention to detail. Ability to work outside in the summer. Tolerance of heat and fire ant stings. Commitment to safety. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Undergraduate degree in biological science. Strong background in entomology and maintaining cultures of live insects and plants. Experience in ecological studies and experiments. Experience with molecular lab procedures. Computer skills should include spreadsheet analyses. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills needed. Demonstrated ability to performance as a member of a dynamic research team. Class "C" Operator's Driver's License.
May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around standard office conditions May work around chemicals Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Lifting and moving Exposure to insect bites/stings.