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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The successful candidate will manage a biogeochemistry research laboratory and assist in conducting environmental field experiments. Duties include procurement of supplies and equipment, overseeing the daily operations of the lab, and maintain analytical equipment used in field and laboratory studies of ecosystem element cycles.


Oversee the use of the laboratory by students, technicians, and visiting researchers. Participate in the design and conduct of research studies; evaluate and modify analytical methods; participate in field sampling; Analyze and process data obtained from the experiments. Assist in the design of statistical models to support data analyses.

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) degree in Ecology, Biology, or a related environmental science is required. Requires the academic knowledge of a natural science discipline, such as ecology, biogeochemistry, botany, or eco-physiology. Experience with or ability to quickly master the use of instrumentation for infrared analysis of carbon dioxide fluxes, chromatographic analyses of methane and nitrogen oxides, quantitative analyses of soil and plant element contents. Must maintain and document quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) of analytical data. Requires occasional participation in field sampling trips to local and remote research sites. Experience in conducting research in field settings, processing of biological and environmental samples, and data management are required.

Desired Qualifications*

Hands-on experience as an assistant in field research is desired.

Additional Information

This is a one year (12 month) term limited position with possibility of renewal.

Higher salary possible for exceptionally qualified candidate.

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Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.