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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 Classen Ecosystem Ecology group seeks a laboratory and field manager, and and we aim to make our work relevant to both the scientific community and society. We spend a lot of time at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) as well as lots of other field sites around the US and world. This is a term-limited position, which runs through August 2025. The contingent start date in Ann Arbor, Michigan is January 2021. We use a combination of observations, experiments, and models to answer ecological questions. We are a diverse and international group of community and ecosystem ecologists who work across scales from the micro (soil food webs) to the macro (regional carbon fluxes).

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.


  • Maintaining a lab culture of respect, safety, and collaboration;
  • Maintaining ongoing and establishing new field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments;
  • Collect data from field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments using routine methods, as well as develop new sampling techniques as appropriate;
  • Travel to field sites to collect data (may include international travel);
  • Run and Maintain field and laboratory equipment. For example, using, troubleshooting, and maintaining ecosystem laboratory equipment to analyze soil, plant and gas samples;
  • Build, troubleshoot and maintain ecological sensors;
  • Coordinate and communicate with international collaborators;
  • Help to coordinate student field and laboratory activities;
  • Data entry, preliminary analysis, and interpretation;
  • General laboratory coordination and maintenance, including ordering and organizing equipment and supplies and maintaining laboratory databases.

Required Qualifications*

M.S. (or equivalent experience post BA/BS) in ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry or a closely related field. Applicants should show they can work independently and cooperatively with other researchers. The ideal candidate must have a strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, demonstrated communication and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership. Experience with lab equipment, sample analysis, in-situ sensors, and environmental datasets (e.g., in R or MATLAB) is desired.  Travel within the US is part of the position.

Additional Information

This is a term limited position scheduled to end August 2025.

Higher salary possible for exceptionally qualified candidate.  

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.