Research assistants needed June 3rd through September 6th 2013 to assist with studies of the effects of global change on grassland ecosystems at the Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory in Temple, Texas.
Duties: The student will assist with several research projects studying the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide on native grassland productivity and diversity, the effects of precipitation variability on the productivity of native grasses used in bioenergy production, and the differences in productivity between diverse and monoculture grasslands. Duties will include field measurements of plants and soils, preparation of plant and soil samples for laboratory analysis, data entry, and setting up of experiments. Applicants must be able to work independently.
Work conditions: Work conditions in a laboratory, or field setting may range from sedentary to primarily physical. Work may require walking, standing, bending, and carrying items ranging from lightweight to moderately heavyweight in hot and humid outdoor conditions. Work involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions.
Skills: To be considered, applicants must have completed their sophomore year with at least a 3.0 grade point average overall and a 3.5 grade point average in math and science classes. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The position may be extended depending on funding and performance.
How to apply: To apply, send a letter of application, copy of current transcripts, current CV and contact information for two references with firsthand knowledge of your classroom/laboratory science experience and aptitude by May 1st. Send applications in electronic form only to: Dr. Lara Reichmann, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Lara Reichmann