The Research Associate will support a newly renovated, shared lab facility serving three
ecologists on the faculty of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The
investigators are pursuing research topics aimed at understanding functional mechanisms
underlying ecological patterns. They work on a range of taxa including insects, amphibians and
plants and they use both laboratory and field based experimentation in their research programs.
The Research Associate will officially report to one of the investigators but will have
responsibilites across the research programs of all three. This position will provide the
incumbent with the opportunity to learn new techniques and to investigate xylem structure and
function, the dialogue between ecosystem and population level processes, or the role of
landscape conversion in the reproductive ecology of amphibians.
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1. Recommends the design and implementation of procedures and protocols under the direction
of a higher-level authority. 2. Investigates, analyzes, and reaches preliminary scientific
conclusions related to research planning 3. Ensures data results are compiled, analyzed, and
presented properly. 4. Analyzes, develops and interprets scientific results. Maintains clear
documentation of results. Prepares scientific reports and papers for research proposals and
published reports. 5. Performs independent research and laboratory techniques and participates
in experimental research planning. 6. Interacts with internal contacts including the PI, research
assistants, graduate students, Radiation Safety and Biological Safety officers, and Animal Care
personnel to discuss and evaluate research results and to ensure the smooth and safe operation
of the laboratory. 7. Interacts with external contacts such as researchers at other institutions,
staff at biotechnology and reagents companies to consult on research methods and to keep
abreast of product information and developments. 8. May perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
Masters Degree in a scientific discipline and one year experience or an equivalent combination
of education and experience.
Required Skill/Ability 1:
Ability to multi-task effectively with demanding time constraints; ability to work well under
pressure with conflicting demands, deadlines & emergencies. Strong attention to detail & well-
developed organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
Required Skill/Ability 2:
Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment with co-workers, faculty, and others;
ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Independent work includes time spent
alone at remote field locations. References must indicate an excellent attendance record.
Required Skill/Ability 3:
Demonstrated willingness to absorb incidental responsibilities and contribute to special projects
in order to ensure smooth functioning of the laboratory. Research experience with one or more
of the following taxa: insects, herps (amphibians and reptiles) or vascular plants.
Required Skill/Ability 4:
Ability to track work and follow up when necessary. Demonstrated editing and proofreading
skills. Superior arithmetic statistical skills. Proficiency with email, MS Office programs, and
Adobe products, especially strong knowledge of Excel, Word, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, and
Required Skill/Ability 5:
Ability to compile database extractions. Proficiency with document formatting, editing & design.
Highly developed & demonstrated customer service skills, both in person & on the telephone.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to problem-solve and exercise
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
Master’s degree in Ecology, Physiology or associated environmental sciences.
Weekend Hours Required?
Evening Hours Required?
Background Check Requirements
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functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of
specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific
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