[ECOLOG-L] Job: Soil Ecology lab technician / manager at UW-Madison

We are recruiting a lab technician / lab manager, to support research in soil ecology under the supervision of Dr. Thea Whitman in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their principal duties will be:

50% – Soil Ecology Research:
The selected candidate will be responsible for performing a broad range of molecular and soil ecology lab work. This will include, but not be limited to, soil DNA extraction, cloning, PCR, qPCR, preparing samples for Sanger and high-throughput sequencing, DNA
quantification, enzyme assays, culturing isolates, preparing culture media and plates, preparing chemical reagents and solutions, running electrophoretic gels, and working in fume hoods and laminar flow hoods. In addition, it will include initiating and maintaining
soil incubations, taking gas samples, working with gas cylinders, operating a 13CO2- and 13CH4-measuring CRDS, preparing soil (sieving, grinding, drying, weighing), performing soil extractions, and preparing soil samples for isotopic and elemental analysis
The candidate will also perform greenhouse work and fieldwork, which will include initiating and maintaining greenhouse experiments and field trials, planting, plant care, soil sampling, and sample preservation. 
The individual will be responsible for maintaining well-organized and meticulous research records. They must be skilled in aseptic technique, lab safety and lab hygiene. They will be responsible for data analysis and will also be expected to maintain awareness
of current literature and knowledge in areas of research. The selected candidate will actively participate in research group meetings and present weekly results and progress on projects.50% – Lab Management:
The selected candidate will assist in daily laboratory responsibilities including, but not limited to, cataloguing and organizing existing lab supplies and equipment, researching new lab equipment and materials to be purchased and interacting with vendors,
maintaining equipment, ordering supplies and maintaining lab inventory using an online management system, training and supporting other research team members, supervising students, coordinating equipment use and project management between lab members, keeping
lab members up to date with lab safety trainings, shipping samples, and preparing or assisting in the preparation of standard operating procedures, permits, progress reports, grants, conference abstracts, and manuscripts.Application must be received by: July 1, 2016

To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references.

For full details, please see:http://ift.tt/1pKFkx0
Thea Whitman
Assistant Professor
Soil Science
431 King Hall
University of Wisconsin – Madison

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