Research Assistant, Plant Ecology

Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, Florida.
Available January 2013.

We seek a motivated, experienced plant ecologist for a research assistant’s position in the Plant Ecology Laboratory of Eric Menges at Archbold Biological Station, located in south-central Florida.

Duties include leading efforts in field data collection, field experiments,
shadehouse experiments, and lab work. Additional duties include data analysis, data management, preparing written reports, and contributing to manuscripts. Our research focuses on plant population biology, fire ecology, restoration ecology, conservation biology, and community ecology; with a focus on the endemic plants of Florida scrub and on long-term data collection and analysis. Our lab consists of 4 full time scientists together with variable numbers of interns, graduate students, and collaborators; and is a stimulating and enjoyable workplace.

Archbold is devoted to research, conservation, and education and is particularly strong in demography, conservation biology, fire ecology, and
behavioral ecology. Archbold’s 8000-acre natural area has outstanding examples of central Florida ecosystems and unique species. We also work within an extensive regional network of managed areas.

The applicant should have a Master’s degree or a BA/BS with at least three years of research experience. Education and experience should be in ecology, botany, or a related field. The applicant should have experience collecting ecological data, skills in data handling, a willingness to work both as part of a team and independently, and stamina to work in a subtropical climate.

Other desired qualifications include specific training in plant population
biology, population modeling, or fire ecology, field experience in Florida, experience in hot, humid climates, experience with GPS and GIS, statistical training, computer modeling experience, and interest or experience in conservation and land management. We are also particularly interested in candidates with substantial experience in statistical analyses and scientific writing.

Benefits include competitive salary (depending on experience), annual leave,
paid holidays, health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, and retirement plan. The RA will have the opportunity to present talks at scientific meetings and receive specialized training.

This position will be funded by research grants from the National Science
Foundation and federal and state agencies. We will ask for a commitment of at least two years.

Prospective applicants should seek more information on Archbold and the Plant Ecology Lab at and respectively.

Applications will be reviewed beginning in early November 2012 and will be accepted until the position is filled. All application materials should be sent
via email. Include a cover letter summarizing experience and qualifications, a CV or resume, lists of courses and grades, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses for 3 references.

Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Dr. Eric S. Menges

Lake Placid, Florida
Archbold Biological Station
Human Resources