The Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) will help manage field and laboratory research on Chesapeake Bay organisms and habitats as part of the Tracy Lab at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET). Research in the Tracy Lab focuses on the health of marine ecosystems in a changing ocean, including the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions and the microbiome, spatial ecology, fisheries management, and restoration (https://allisonmtracy.weebly.com/). The FRA will apply a variety of tools for studying these themes. The successful applicant will focus primarily on processing samples, conducting laboratory analyses, managing/ analyzing data, and maintaining an organized and well-functioning lab. Field sampling in Chesapeake Bay will be intermittent. There will also be opportunities for stakeholder engagement, communication, and professional training. Remote work is possible at low frequency (10% or less) and will fluctuate seasonally.
The successful applicant will join a vibrant community at IMET where labs address global marine issues using diverse approaches. In keeping with the strong IMET community, the Tracy Lab emphasizes a positive, collaborative work environment and values diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal on an annual basis based on performance and funding.
Minimum requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and experience in microbiology and molecular biology.
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