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Last updated: 8.26.11

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Research Assistant I/II, Arctic Tundra, Ecosystems

Position Summary: The Ecosystems Center is seeking a Research Assistant I or II to participate in a research project on CO2 exchange and vegetation canopy structure of arctic tundra ecosystems.

Additional Information: In the field, the principal tasks of the assistant will be to participate in measurements of whole-system CO2 exchange using an infrared gas analyzer system, to measure canopy reflectance using a scanning spectroradiometer, and to make ancillary measurements of soil and canopy microclimate, leaf area, and biomass. In the laboratory, the assistant will participate in data analysis and comparison, in drying and weighing plant and soil samples, and in chemical analysis of plant tissues and soils. Experience with any or all of these techniques is desired.

Candidates must be able to spend most or all of the summer months in a field camp, Toolik Field Station, in northern Alaska. During the fall, winter, and spring months the assistant will work at the Ecosystems Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Travel to field research sites and room and board while doing field research are paid for by the grant, in addition to a salary.

This is a full-time, year-round position, with an initial appointment for 12 months. The position may be filled any time between October 2009 and May, 2010.
Basic Qualifications: Applicants should be college graduates with BS or MS degrees, with significant course work and/or field experience in ecology. Familiarity with spreadsheets and data analysis and with instrumentation such as infrared gas analysis, spectroradiometers, and/or CHN analyzers is desired.
Physical Requirements In addition to scientific experience and/or education, candidates must be capable of vigorous activity in the field, often in foul weather. Applicants should be in good health and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are modest.
Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV, Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial transcripts are required, but may be uploaded with your application materials or faxed to the Human Resources Office, 508-289-7931. If faxing, please reference this posting.

Technician Position Available

Eddy Covariance Technician, Institute of Arctic Biology
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska

For further information, please search for posting number 0057514 at: https://www.uakjobs.com
Or contact:
Syndonia Bret-Harteor Eugenie Euskirchen at ffmsb@uaf.edu

The Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Eddy Covariance Technician. The successful candidate will help manage an ecosystem ecology laboratory and assist research personnel in measurements of ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of carbon, water, and energy fluxes based on the eddy covariance methods. The position will remain open until it is filled.

This position will be key to an International Polar Year Arctic Observatory Network project funded by the National Science Foundation, with goals of detecting climate change in the Arctic and its effects on
global systems. Duties will include:
1. Assisting with the design, construction, installation, and maintenance of micrometeorological instruments,
2. Performing data downloads, preliminary analysis, and quality checks,
3. Interacting with site investigators, and
4. Assisting with data summary and analysis.

Fieldwork will include several 2-3 week trips per year, plus some additional trips to maintain the continuous measurements at the field sites. Fieldwork will be based primarily at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska, with some travel to and work at the North East Science Station in Cherskii, Russia. The successful candidate will be based at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but she/he will also interact with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Required qualifications include a Master's or Bachelor's degree in biogeochemistry, Earth system science, atmospheric science, biometeorology, micrometeorology, plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, or related fields, and/or significant experience with eddy flux systems and biogeochemical processes. The candidate will also need to possess a valid U.S. driver's license.

The desired candidate will show:
1. Demonstrated experience with Campbell Scientific dataloggers, datalogger programming (PC208W and PC900, etc.), data collection software, communication peripherals, sensors, remote power systems, and data analysis and statistics;
2. Strong personal communication and quantitative skills;
3. Self-motivation, independence, and the ability to work with minimal supervision, as well as an ability and willingness to work with site investigators; and
4. Excellent organizational and documentation skills.

This is a full-time fixed term position with benefits, with initial appointment for one year and potential for repeated renewal upon satisfactory performance. Applications must be completed online.
Applicants will need to include a letter of application, a CV or resume, transcripts, and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references. In the letter of application, candidates should explain how their experience, training, and professional goals will apply to this project. To apply, please use the advanced search function to find posting number 0057514 at: https://www.uakjobs.com.

Person(s) hired by the University of Alaska Fairbanks must comply with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reporting and control Act of 1986 and must possess a valid social security card. All Nonresident Aliens must provide proof of eligibility to work. The University of Alaska Fairbanks is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. Applications for employment with the University of Alaska are subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the Assistant Director at 474-6259. UAF is an EO/AA Employer and Educational Institution.