We seek to hire a Research Associate (either a PhD or MS Level) interested in specializing in reproductive physiology, endocrinology and sustainable collections research related to amphibians with particular emphasis on threatened and endangered salamanders, whose research will combine a mix of observational and experimental approaches focused on advances in assisted reproductive technologies and genetic resource banking to support conservation and reintroduction programs.
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:
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.
Bachelor’s degree in wildlife/ fisheries, biochemistry/ molecular biology, reproduction, animal science, zoology, biology, or related field.
Rank and salary are commensurate with education and/or experience.
MS, PhD or DVM in wildlife/fisheries, biochemistry/molecular biology, reproduction, animal science, zoology, biology, or related field; experience developing written and oral reports; knowledge of Microsoft office and statistical programs. Animal husbandry, lab management and research experience, specifically with amphibians, is preferred.
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
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 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 continued availability of funding.
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.