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SES Teaching Assistant - Microbial Methods

Woods Hole, MA 

SES TA DUTIES:  Working with the SES Director, Microbial Methods Course Director and other instructors, assist with preparation for and supervision of lab and fieldwork associated with the Microbial Methods in Ecology course, as well as independent research projects.  Assist with the SES Core Courses as needed.  Specific duties include but are not limited to: assisting in removal from storage, uncrating and setting up of equipment and supplies required for the SES Microbial Course beginning one week prior to the start of the course; assisting in the set-up of various lab and field exercises for the Microbial Methods and core courses, helping supervise students with chemical and laboratory analyses as needed; helping students with data analysis and calculations, assisting students with field work; and maintaining an orderly laboratory

EDUCATION/SKILL/EXPERIENCE:  Bachelors degree in biology, microbiology, chemistry or environmental science is required.  Prior experience in working with overseeing or supervising college age students is desirable.  Must have experience with standard field and laboratory techniques used in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems science and microbial ecology such as chlorophyll and colorimetric nutrient analyses, fluorescence microscopy, estimation of bacterial and fungal biomass and productivity, measurement of exo-enzyme activity, and molecular methods used to identify and quantify microbes, etc.  Must have familiarity with personal computers; experience with Windows, MS Word and Excel is strongly encouraged.  Knowledge of organisms (single celled flagellates, ciliates and phytoplankton) typically found in sediments, estuaries or lakes is highly desirable.  Should have a valid driver’s license and feel comfortable driving a large van or small truck.  Knowledge of boating safety, ability to pilot small boats is helpful.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Position will require some lifting, bending, stretching, and reaching. Work will also take place in a both outdoor field sites and a lab environment, with potential exposure to chemical and/or biological agents. Position will necessitate periods of standing, sitting, and/or walking.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Until a suitable candidate is identified.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

The following documents are required and must be uploaded with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Transcript
  4. References (at least 3 with contact information)

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Posted June 8, 2021

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