Research Support Specialist

Stony Brook, NY
Sep 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description

Research Support Specialist-1702911

Required Qualifications:(As evidenced by an attached resume)

Bachelor’s degree in biological or geological sciences. Technical knowledge as evidenced by the emphasis of coursework in directly related areas such as organismal biology, natural history, paleontology, or evolutionary biology. Knowledge of biological or geological science laboratory procedures. Experience following specific protocols. Ability to demonstrate professional competence in research activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in a laboratory environment handling preserved or fossil specimens. Familiarity with data manipulation and software applications, including database software and/or Excel.

Experience with collections-based and/or museum research or supporting such research. Experience with field research in the biological sciences or paleontology.

Brief Description of Duties: Under guidance of PI and following specific protocols, incumbent will perform a variety of routine and semi-skilled tasks to support and directly assist a research project in the lab. Incumbent must possess outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Experience successfully working independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving. Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.

  • Utilizing a thorough understanding of the biological and environmental aspects of an organism, review extensive written field notes, determine what is important to capture, and extract only the key field observation variables that are relevant. Accurately determine if a variable is continuous or binary. Record variables for phenotypes, stratigraphic information, location, or other environmental parameters, using proper data formats to individually describe each dataset for the corresponding specimen. Link the disparate data together by determining the environmental, biological, and geological interactions that took place, creating an accurate picture of the environment that produced the specimen. Convert this data into formats compatible with software specifications from the California Academy of Sciences and the University of California, Museum of Paleontology for museum collections.
  • Create a stratigraphic data base based on geological strata associations for specimens Measure the area of lakes and isobaths on lake digital maps using measurement software and equations. Capture environmental field data from sampling records and import into an environmental data base.
  • Inspect post-processed linked datasets to verify that all variables are correctly referenced to the proper specimen based on life history, geological period, environment information, and/or phenotype [driven by genetics.] Use a collaborator’s software to link multiple datasets for environmental values, phenotypes, field note images, and publications to corresponding specimen samples.
  • Inventory samples by date and in relation to existing records to validate whether records are accurate to ensure data matches specimens or fossils. Relabel curated liquid specimens or fossils to ensure accurate match between items in the collection and associated data sets.
  • Ensuring proper conservation and storage, prepare specimens for shipment by restoring or repairing fossils using proper adhesive techniques. Using special care and treatment, prepare, pack, and load all specimens for final shipment onto truck.
  • Assist with maintaining compliance with environmental health and safety procedures to include properly disposing of alcohol preservative as toxic waste.
  • Lab maintenance including assisting with ordering supplies and equipment to keep the lab inventory well stocked. Participate in weekly lab meetings
  • Other duties or projects as assigned.
Special Notes: The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Nonexempt position, eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

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About Stony Brook:

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL. Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged.

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Official Job Title: Research Support Specialist
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Ecology and Evolution-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 9:00am to 5:00pmEcology and Evolution-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Posting Start Date: Sep 29, 2017
Posting End Date: Oct 13, 2017, 11:59:00 PM
Salary: $29,000 - $35,700
Salary Grade: N11


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