Position: Research Coordinator/Lab Manager for lab of Dr. Haldre Rogers
Location: Ames, Iowa with travel to the Mariana Islands
Overview: We are seeking a lab manager to support and coordinate research in the lab of Dr. Haldre
Rogers in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. See
http://ift.tt/1VkqsSU and http://ift.tt/1qpen0B for more details on the research
projects conducted in the Rogers lab.
Job description: The lab manager will assist and support ecological field research efforts in a variety of
ways. This will include managing field data; managing the activities of department undergraduate
researchers in Iowa; keeping track of field equipment; identifying and ordering items for the research
lab; and assisting with lab renovation decisions and needs. This position will also manage the logistical
needs associated with maintaining a field crew in the Mariana Islands. This will include paying bills,
coordinating permits, facilitating repairs to field houses and cars, making travel arrangements,
assisting with hiring new staff, and compiling information for and completing the monthly, quarterly,
and annual reports to the funding agency. This position will be expected to travel to the Mariana
Islands to assist with field research and provide logistical support. This will include up to three trips
per year, potentially including one 4-6 week long trip. Exact dates and durations to be determined.
Qualifications: We are seeking an exceptionally motivated individual with a background in field
ecology (specifically plant or community ecology), demonstrated project management, people
management, and data management experience (Excel and R), and excellent organizational skills. The
research project in the Mariana Islands is logistically complicated, and thus ideal candidates must be
able to creatively solve problems, deal with unforeseen challenges, and possess an almost obsessive
drive to organize things. Additional requirements include excellent communication skills and cultural
sensitivity. Experience working outside of the continental US is desired. A bachelor’s degree in ecology
or a related field is required. A sense of humor is appreciated. All applicants must be eligible to work
in the US without requiring an employee-sponsored visa.
Payment and benefits: The salary may range from $29,000 to 33,000 per year, depending on
experience. This is a 12-month position, with potential for extension. The position is eligible for
health and welfare benefit plans (medical and dental insurance, life insurance, etc.) and retirement
Application procedure: To apply for this position, go to http://ift.tt/1VkpUMS,
click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or
attach the following:
• Resume/Curriculum Vitae
• Letter of Application/Cover Letter
• Contact Information for Three References
The cover letter should describe your previous research experience with a focus on your experience in
plant ecology, your previous project management experience, and your career goals and how this
position fits into those goals. Applications should be submitted by June 1, 2016 for full consideration.
For more information: Contact Haldre at firstname.lastname@example.org.