Research Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011900 - Biochem,MolBio,Entmology&Plant Path
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

13/Minimum:  33,900 

Department Profile:

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology is a comprehensive department with an academic, research and service mission. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the College of Agriculture and Life Science, and currently advises approximately 330 undergraduates and 60 graduate students.

Area of Specialization:

Amphibian Reproduction (Salamanders)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will include: conducting assisted reproductive research for conservation of declining salamander species, centered on hormone induced expression of gametes and creation of a genetic resource bank for endangered salamanders. The position involves utilization of hormone protocols for sperm production and ovulation, artificial fertilization and improvement of captive husbandry and reproduction; cryobanking research for a salamander genome resource bank; husbandry and care of the research animal collection. Responsibilities may also include; mentoring of interns and undergraduate students; providing assistance to senior scientists, graduate students, and/or post-doctoral fellows in conducting investigations related to Zoo and Aquarium amphibian collections; compiling and maintaining complete and accurate research records through database entry, design and data management including statistical analysis; producing periodic progress reports and financial statements on the research program; interface with other staff members and Zoo professionals around the country; present research findings both nationally or internationally; perform other related duties as assigned to support the amphibian conservation lab’s mission in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the program. The position duties also include lab management, specifically upkeep, cleaning, stocking, ordering and record keeping as well as animal care, husbandry, cleaning, feeding, health inspections, data management and detailed record keeping of animal health parameters, behavior and husbandry detail. Management and upkeep of lab equipment, facilities, supplies, data bases is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

BS in wildlife/fisheries, biochemistry/molecular biology, reproduction, animal science, zoology, biology, or related field; and experience developing written and oral reports; knowledge of Microsoft office and statistical programs.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

MS or above in wildlife/fisheries, biochemistry/molecular biology, reproduction, animal science, zoology, biology, or related field.  One year of related experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge in reproductive physiology and hands on experience in amphibian husbandry, reproductive biology, cryobanking of amphibian gametes, artificial fertilization, embryonic and larval development. The position requires high degree of organization; ability to work well in a group environment; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to prepare written material and analyze data for reports; familiarity with use of Windows-based PCs and computer programs, to include a variety of word processing and database management computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, statistical programs, e-mail, and Internet research services.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Animal care laboratory working with amphibians:
The work schedule may include days, weekends, evenings, or holidays as needed and may require travel to other institutions, collaborating zoological parks, and/or universities in North America and internationally.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Instructions for Applying:

Attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae or resume, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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