Peatland Ecosystem Technician

Location
Villanova
Posted
May 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Peatland Ecosystem Technician

Posting Number: 20171329S

Position Type: Staff

Recruitment Type: Internal/External Applicants

Work Schedule: FT/12 Month

Department: 181-Geography and the Environment

Position Summary
We seek applicants to fill the role of Research Technician for externally-funded projects in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University (southeastern PA) to examine how the interactive effects of increased fire frequency (climate change induced) and potentially enhanced nitrogen deposition (from Oil Sands development in northern Alberta, Canada) affect peatland ecosystem function. In collaboration with our team of PI's, our Senior Research Technicians and students, the successful candidate will aid PI's in evaluating human impacts on bogs and fens. The research will include activities such as field measurements of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane gas fluxes, characterization of soil/pore-water chemistry, and quantification of several N cycling processes (biological N2-fixation, N mineralization, denitrification/nitrification). Field research takes place in northern Alberta, Canada. Additionally, a complimentary suite of biogeochemical measurements will be made on analytical equipment in the laboratories at Villanova. The candidate must be able to commit to living in Alberta, Canada (plane fare and room/board covered from grant funds for 3-4 months, May through August) to direct and participate in summer field sampling campaigns, in addition to several week- to two-week, at a time, campaigns in the early spring and fall. The successful candidate must be able to work cooperatively and collaboratively with PI's, technicians, graduate, and undergraduate students. A minimum of a B.S. degree in a relevant field is required; a M.S. degree plus two years of related lab and field experience is preferred. Individuals possessing a rugged work ethic and good sense of humor will stand out from the rest. We anticipate 3 years of funding to support this position. This is a University benefits eligible position.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities
Lead for field campaigns, organize undergraduate student help; collection, organization, and analysis of gasses and vegetation (Gas Chromatograph, Ion Chromatograph, Total N and C analysis, CO2 sampling, Acid Digests); maintenance of field equipment (weather stations, gas analyzers, water collection aparatus, pumps), must commit to living in Alberta for summer field seasons and be lead for late fall trips, organize and analyze data sets

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum B.S. in relevant field (Biology, Ecology, Chemistry or related fields).
  • Current valid driving licence and passport


Preferred Qualifications
  • M.S. preferred plus two years of related lab and field experience.
  • Experience driving pickup trucks a plus.


Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours
Potentially long hours in rugged field conditions requiring a positive attitude and sense of humor. Heavy loads of up to 50 lbs possible. Bug spray and head nets supplied.

Special Message to Applicants
2017 summer will include both Alberta field work and lab work at Villanova with the remainder of the year at Villanova. Field work generally begins mid-May. Successive summers may require full 3 month summer stay in Alberta.

Posting Date: 04/12/2017

Closing Date (12am ET):

Open Until Filled:

Salary Posting Information: Salary will be commensurate with experience

Salary Band: H

Job Classification: Exempt

To apply, visit: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/11125

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values. Villanova University is committed to providing leadership in the attainment of equal employment for all individuals. It is the policy and practice of Villanova University to recruit and select applicants on the basis of their qualifications and abilities. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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