The Research Associate will select sampling locales, plan sampling routes, prepare insect traps, assist with sample and specimen preparation, and perform miscellaneous administrative duties for several invasive insect survey projects. The Research Associate will also supervise student workers conducting lab and trapping activities.
Salary Grade: 13
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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:
Insect Survey Preparation
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Selects high priority sampling locales.
2. Plans efficient travel routes between sampling locales
3. Prepares insects traps and lures of various types for placement in the field.
4. Sets up lab equipment and supplies and ensures proper operation.
5. Prepares insect specimens for museum storage.
6. Maintains a high degree of organization as it pertains to categorizing specimens and inputting their data.
7. Supervises student workers with lab and fieldwork.
8. Practices good safety control methods.
9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Demonstrated Competence in Entomological Research
1. Prior work experience in an entomological museum.
2. Coursework relevant to biology, entomology, insect taxonomy, statistics, cartographic sciences, spermatophyte taxonomy, forest measurements, and biogeography.
3. Intermediate to advanced experience with Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel.
4. Experience with Digital Photography.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Familiarity with trap designs used in invasive insect surveying and procedures for their establishment and retrieval.
2. General knowledge of insect taxonomy, identification and dissection with a particular emphasis on invasive species.
3. Experience in operation of compound and dissecting microscopes along with laboratory procedure.
4. Excellent organization skills and dealing with large sets of data.
5. Excellent computer skills such related to spreadsheets and word processing.
6. Excellent interpersonal, communications, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
7. Ability to prioritize competing demands and meet deadlines.
8. Ability to innovate and work as a team member.
9. Ability to anticipate barriers to project completion; plan and manage contingencies.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
1. Requires limited lifting of files, records, and insect drawers.
2. Fieldwork requires ability to drive and includes exposure to the outdoors and associated unpredictable weather.
3. Frequent, external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position.
4. Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.
Instructions for Applying:
Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources
Management website at https://www.jobs.msstate.edu by completing the professional
application and submitting a cover letter, resume, three references,
and current dated unofficial transcript. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. An official transcript will be
required if selected for an interview.
Position is contingent upon funding availability.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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.