Join the lab!

Join the lab!

Lake Water Quality Research Technician at Virginia Tech

A new position for a research technician in a vibrant, interdisciplinary research team working in freshwater ecology is available in the Carey Lab at Virginia Tech. This position is part of a recently-funded NSF project that will develop a water quality forecasting system for a drinking water supply reservoir and Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) site. As part of the project, we are combining high-frequency sensor monitoring, modeling, ecosystem forecasting, and data-intensive analytical approaches from ecology, computer science, and social science.

The research technician will be responsible for the following: 1) deploying and maintaining environmental sensors deployed in a local reservoir and its watershed; 2) planning and conducting field and laboratory research; 3) collaborating with an interdisciplinary research team; and 4) assisting with research project logistics, including helping to organize teleconferences, workshops, and outreach activities.

Required qualifications include: a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, natural resources/ecology, or related field; experience doing fieldwork and environmental data collection outdoors in a range of conditions; experience deploying and maintaining environmental sensors; excellent organizational and time management skills; the ability to work well independently and as part of a highly collaborative team; must be able to swim, carry 30 pounds (14 kg), and be comfortable working on boats; have excellent verbal and written communication skills; and a valid U.S. driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications include: experience doing freshwater science fieldwork and water quality monitoring; experience doing water chemistry labwork; experience analyzing sensor datasets; and programming experience in R or a similar language (e.g., Python, Matlab, C, etc.).

The applicant must be able to start by April 2018, and the review of applications will begin on January 16, 2018. Candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter explaining their interest in the position; 2) a CV/resume that details relevant work/research experience; and 3) names and contact information for three references. Please upload your materials to:

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Dr. Cayelan Carey



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