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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. Please include the name and contact information of three references on your cover letter.

In addition to applying via the UM job site at, interested applicants are encouraged to also contact Assistant Professor Jake Allgeier at



Job Summary

The Allgeier laboratory in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan is seeking a Research Associate I (Temp) to as serve as a temporary research technician to conduct research in Marine Coastal Ecology.  The lab focuses on ecosystem ecology, food web ecology, coral reef ecology, global change ecology and sustainability.

There is potential for independent research within this position and a high level of independence is encouraged.


The selected candidate will assist in research projects involving ecological and environmental science, including the chemical analysis of samples in the laboratory, the computer entry of data, and potential field-based research in the Caribbean.

The ideal candidate should have lab experience in detailed, high-quality biogeochemical analyses of samples, preferably associated with nutrient analyses for N and P in aqueous and tissue samples.

Required Qualifications*

Graduation from a College or University with a Bachelor’s degree in a natural science discipline such as Biology, Ecology, Chemistry or Environmental Sciences.

Lab experience in detailed, high-quality biogeochemical analyses of samples, preferably associated with nutrient analyses for N and P in aqueous and tissue samples.

Ability to work independently and in a team environment with minimal supervision

Strong interpersonal and communication (oral & written) skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Ability to organize data into publication and for the preparation of proposals for new funding

Experience in operating and coordinating research collection and analysis with minimum supervision.

Experience in field collection of environmental samples under difficult conditions

SCUBA training and relevant marine field sampling skills.

Possession of a Master’s degree in a related natural science field

Additional Information

This is a temporary position. This position is considered to be non-exempt for purposes of federal wage-hour law and is eligible for overtime pay for hours actually worked in excess of 40 in a given workweek.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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