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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 as well as include three names for letters of reference.

Job Summary

The Kling Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan seeks a Research Assistant II (Temp) to assist with research projects involving environmental and ecological science, including field collection of environmental samples, the chemical analysis of samples in the laboratory, the computer entry of data, and the statistical or graphical analysis of data. To learn more please visit the Kling Lab website at

Required Qualifications*

Candidates should have lab experience in detailed, high-quality biogeochemical analyses of samples, and must show evidence of skill in computer data entry and analysis including graphics.

Desired Qualifications*

The ideal candidate would possess a Bachelor's degree in a natural science discipline such as chemistry, biology, or environmental sciences, plus the ability to translate, adapt and apply this knowledge.

Desired qualifications include experience in field collection of environmental samples in remote areas under difficult conditions, and experience in operating and coordinating sample collection and analysis with minimum supervision.

Experience in photochemistry, aquatic ecology, microbiology, or with the following laboratory instruments is a plus: Dissolved Inorganic Carbon analyzer, Total Organic Carbon analyzer, nutrient autoanalyzer, Carbon-Hydrogen-Nitrogen (CHN) analyzer, spectrometer, fluorometer, gas and liquid chromatography.

Additional Information

This temporary position may meet eligibility requirements for health care benefits.

Additional Information

The position requires moderately strenuous field work in the Arctic during summer (hiking with full packs over tundra).

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.