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Research Assistant

Apply now Department: 3670020060 Biology
Job no: 501342
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location: Manhattan
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants

General Description of Position:

Grassland Ecology Research Assistant – Division of Biology, KSU.  We seek a full-

time research assistant for the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. 

Information about the Department:

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan, a pleasant community of about 50,000 individuals in the Flint Hills of north central Kansas, 2 hours from Kansas City.  The Konza Prairie Biological Station is a tallgrass prairie reserve that is the site of an NSF-funded long-term ecological research program.  Konza is 6 miles from the University and provides numerous opportunities for ecologically-oriented research activities. 

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description:

Duties include assisting with field operations and sampling for grassland ecological studies, including climate manipulation experiments, fire and grazing studies, and related research projects at Konza Prairie Biological Station; assists with set-up and maintenance of field experiments, construction and installation of field equipment (e.g., rainout shelters), maintenance of experimental treatments, field measurements of plant and soil characteristics, downloading and processing of sensor data; assists with collection and processing of soil and plant samples; installs and maintains environmental sensors and data loggers; maintains field and laboratory records and data sheets; coordinates activities of student research assistants.   

Required Minimum Qualifications:

B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or related field; experience with ecological methods, including installation and maintenance of field equipment, and collection and processing of plant and soil samples; ability to work outdoors under moderately challenging conditions; valid driver’s license; basic computer skills, including Excel spreadsheets, and ability to work in a team environment.   

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or related field, or equivalent experience in ecological research; experience in use of field environmental sampling equipment (environmental sensors, portable infrared gas analyzer for soil CO2 flux, ceptometer, neutron probes, hydraulic corer, etc.), experience with Campbell Scientific data loggers, and familiarity with grassland ecology. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit a letter of application, CV or resume, and names and contact information for three professional references. Initial appointment will be for 1 year with annual renewals possible contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until position is filled. 

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

The minimum annual salary for this position is $33,436 + benefits. Actual salary will be determined based on the candidate's experience, education, internal equity and available funding. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 




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