Summer | Syracuse, NY | Paid | Research Assistant
Location: Life Sciences Complex
Pay Rangeminimum $11.66/hr
Temporary position from June to September, approximately 20 hrs/week.
This is a field/lab assistant position through Syracuse University designed to give the participant experience with ecological research, both in the field and in a lab setting. The assistant will work closely with a PhD student in the Fridley Lab whose work evaluates the ways in which native and invasive woody plant species use carbon in deciduous forest understories and how resource strategies contribute to plant success. The Fridley Lab uses a variety of experimental approaches, from field manipulations to wet lab chemistry to computer modeling, to answer questions relating to plant ecophysiology, and the selected applicant will have the opportunity to learn a range of these scientific techniques.
Candidates must have a high school diploma and have earned/be earning a degree in a biological or environmental sciences-related field.
Job Specific Qualifications
(1) Able to hike 5 miles over uneven terrain carrying up to 20lbs.
(2) Strong interpersonal/collaborative skills, and the ability to endure harsh field conditions (heat, rain, thorns, long days, mosquitos, ticks, etc.).
(3) Able to follow directions carefully and willing to take on responsibilities independently.
(4) Be ready to start work no later than June 13, but preference will be given to applicants that can start as early as June 6.
(5) The successful applicant must be interested in ecology and possess a curiosity of the natural world.
The successful candidate will primarily assist with two experiments: an insect feeding trial, performed in the lab at Syracuse University/ESF, and an ongoing field experiment in the Syracuse area focused on the effects of leaf removal on native and invasive plant growth. The assistant will be expected to:
(1) Assist with feeding trial organization, set up, and monitoring.
(2) Help maintain leaf removal manipulations in the field.
(3) Assist in plant harvest at the end of the field experiment.
(4) Record plant demographic data in the field.
(5) Process plant tissue samples for further analysis in the lab.
(6) Transcribe data into Microsoft Excel.
A strong passion for the subject may also allow the student to pursue an independent research project as part of this experience.
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