Pay Grade: 38 (Full-time, Non-exempt) The aqueous geochemistry and geomicrobiology laboratory directed by Dr. Annette S. Engel is looking for a highly organized person to serve as a Research Coordinator I. The lab conducts interdisciplinary research on the microbial diversity and activities of fundamental geological and geochemical processes, as well as symbiosis and the ecology of dynamic marine and coastal habitats and the terrestrial subsurface. The Research Coordinator will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of research progress, but primary responsibilities are to work with and assist the Lab Manager in daily laboratory operations and research projects. Specific job tasks will include: organizing and maintaining research facilities; updating sample inventories; facilitating physical and computational data submission to repositories; coordinating lab events and community outreach; training students and relevant users on analytical equipment and methods; preparing for and assisting with reports, presentations, and publications. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will occupy Strong Hall, a modern, state-of-the-art analytical and educational building in 2017. The Research Coordinator will also assist with the move, occupation of the new space, and coordination of permits and inspections to maintain research progress during the transition period.
Qualifications Requirements: - Minimum education is Bachelor's degree in geology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, oceanography, or related field - Minimum of two years of research experience, or a Master's degree in the same discipline with two years of related experience - Proficiency with Microsoft Office, statistical packages, and willingness to learn other computer programs and applications quickly, such as R, Matlab, and bioinformatics and molecular genetics software - Excellent analytical and mathematical skills, and an ability to interpret research and translate those results into products, such as reports, presentations, and publications - Excellent verbal and written communication skills - Willingness and ability to work independently, as well as in a group - Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail - Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines as required Desired qualifications: - At least four years of research experience and/or managing and/or coordinating laboratory research in a University setting, post completion of last academic degree - Proficiency in statistical analysis and bioinformatics and molecular genetics software - Familiarity with health and safety regulations, analytical chemistry standards, and other research compliance matters - Understanding that a successful research lab at a University requires high energy and an extraordinary commitment to science and education More information about the laboratory and research can be found at http://annettesummersengel.com/analytical-facilities. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, with the goal of hiring the best candidate by the beginning of March 2017. Minimum of one to two years of commitment. This job will offer a competitive salary (commensurate with experience), health benefits, and a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment. Applicants should apply through the UTK HR recruiting system: http://hr.utk.edu/recruitment/. Please include a cover letter and CV. Please also be prepared to arrange for three to four letters of recommendation to be emailed upon request. The University of Tennessee is a vibrant public university in Knoxville, TN, at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The research-centric university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.
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