Posting Number temp hourly847P
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Working Title Research Assistant for Microplastics
Department Highlands Biological Station
Salary Range $11/hr
Lab work includes filtering stream and atmospheric deposition samples to
assess concentrations of microplastic particles, using a dissecting scope to
note the color and type of microplastics, and using a microscope camera and
ImageJ software to determine the length of the particles and to build a photo
library of microplastic particles. Field work includes deploying and
programming ISCO stream water samplers and collecting stream and atmospheric
deposition samples. Heavy lifting (35 lbs.) may be required. Field work may
occur in the rain, on steep mountain slopes, and on hot, humid days.
The Highlands Biological Station ( HBS), a multi-campus center of Western
Carolina University, is seeking a Research Assistant to conduct both lab and
field work at the Station, located in Highlands, NC.
Highlands Biological Station was founded in 1927 and is a field station of
Western Carolina University. The station is situated on the Highlands Plateau
in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina and lies
within walking distance of the town of Highlands. More about the Highlands
Biological Station can be found here: highlandsbiological.org
Please Note: Position will start July 5 and end September 30 (12 weeks).
This position is 40 hours per week.
Applicant must have transportation to and from Highlands Biological Station.
Housing is provided.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Applicants must be familiar with programming ISCOs, filtering stream and
atmospheric deposition samples for microplastics, and using a dissecting scope
to identify microplastics.
Applicants should either have an undergraduate degree in biology, botany,
environmental science, or natural resources or be a junior or senior pursuing
such degree. Applicants should be familiar with Excel and be willing to learn
about microplastic sampling techniques.
Preference will be given to applicants who are familiar with ISCO stream water
sampling devices and who are familiar with how to process stream water and
atmospheric deposition samples for the analysis of microplastics.
Open Date 06/21/2022
Close Date 06/30/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must apply online and should include 1) a resume, 2) contact
information for three references, and 3) cover letter.
PLEASE COMPLETE ALL AREAS OF THE APPLICATION. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS MAY NOT
BE GIVEN CONSIDERATION IN THE REVIEW PROCESS.
Qualified applicants will be contacted by the department directly if selected
Please Note: Temporary employees are paid bi-weekly on an hourly basis and do
not receive benefits.
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