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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Biogeochemistry and Environmental Isotope Geochemistry Lab has Multiple Research Assistant Openings (Deadline: u/k)

 

The Biogeochemistry and Environmental Isotope Geochemistry Lab (BEIGL), is looking to fill multiple research assistant positions.  For one of the positions, we are looking for a senior or recently graduated student interested in working up to 40 hours per week during the spring and summer terms and who also could continue working into the fall and winter at 30-40 hours per week.  We are also looking for multiple undergraduate level research assistants that would be interested in working 20-40 hours per week during the spring and summer terms, and would also be interested in continuing to work during fall and winter terms at 10-15 hours per week.  

Ongoing projects within our lab group focus on using mercury stable isotope techniques to identify sources and track mercury through the environment.  Examples of projects include: (1) assessing the fate and cycling of mercury in Pacific Ocean food webs, (2) identifying industrial sources of mercury to the South River in Virginia, (3) mercury fate and transport in the Athabasca oil sands region; (4) tracing mercury from sediment into fish in the Detroit River; and (5) understanding patterns of past Hg deposition by investigating lake core sediments from remote lakes in Wyoming. 

Requirements: We are looking for people with strong laboratory skills, with experience in environmental chemistry (in particular) as well as in biology and/or geology desired. Additionally, a desire to learn and master new skills, excellent attention to detail, ability to follow directions carefully, good problem-solving skills, and an ability be organized and keep excellent written records.  Additional specific skills and experience of interest include running analytical instrumentation, working with Excel spreadsheets, and database management skills.  

Start date is negotiable, but would be approximately May 1, 2017.  Continuing opportunities are dependent upon successful completion of summer-long work/training period.         

Please email a resume to: sjwash@umich.edu

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