JOB OPENING: Research Associate, Ecosystem ecology & Biogeochemistry Lab

JOB OPENING: Research Associate, Ecosystem ecology & Biogeochemistry Lab


The Phillips lab at Indiana University is seeking a highly-motivated individual to join our team as a Research Associate. Research in the Phillips lab focuses on quantifying how plant-microbe interactions influence biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes in forests (please visit: The successful applicant will be responsible for leading and conducting fieldwork from April to October (at multiple forest sites across the eastern and Midwestern US), and coordinating lab work during the non-growing season. Field duties include collecting soil and plant tissue samples, deploying ingrowth cores, capturing minirhizotron images, maintaining field plots, setting and re-measuring dendrometer bands, downloading data from data loggers, and supervising field campaigns. Lab duties include: maintaining a clean and safe work environment, ordering supplies, overseeing lab finances, supervising lab personnel, training and mentoring undergraduate researchers and technicians, operating and maintaining scientific instruments, analyzing and organizing data, and helping to write and edit manuscripts.

Qualifications: A B.S. in the biological sciences is required (focus in ecology, biogeochemistry, environmental science, or soil science) and a M.S. is strongly preferred. Overall, the successful applicant must be well-organized, detail-oriented, posses strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and able to work effectively with minimal supervision as part of a research team. The successful applicant should have experience with flow injection and combustion/gas analyzers, soil analyses, and data organization/analysis, and a willingness to travel to remote field sites to conduct physically-strenuous field work, often under adverse conditions. An ability to carry heavy samples and supplies (up to 30 lbs.) in a backpack across rugged terrain is vital. The successful applicant will need to have access to a reliable vehicle for fieldwork (mileage will be reimbursed).


Salary: $37,000. Full benefits included (see for details). The initial appointment is for one year, starting as soon as possible (preferably by early July), with the strong possibility of an extension depending on funds and satisfactory performance.


To apply: Please submit 1) a brief cover letter describing your research/educational background, why you’re interested in the position, and the date you are available to start, 2) a CV that lists pertinent courses (with GPA) and previous research experience, and the names and contact info (including  email addresses) of three references. All materials should be submitted via the link: For full consideration, all materials must be submitted by May 12, 2017. For additional questions, email Dr. Rich Phillips (


Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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