Annual salary: $40,883
Anticipated start date: April 2022
Appointment term: 1 year, with potential renewal
The Biogeochemistry Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is hiring a Research Technician to support and enhance experimental research on ecosystem responses to warming and elevated CO2 in tidal wetlands. This is an entry-level position that seeks a motivated individual who will contribute to research efforts in a multidisciplinary environment. Tasks include, but are not limited to, collecting and analyzing field samples, maintaining and upgrading experiment infrastructure, and operating laboratory equipment.
Applicants must be detail-oriented, organized, and able to work on several projects at once. In addition, applicants must be able to work outside in all environmental conditions. Qualifications include experience working in a field and laboratory setting on environmental, ecological or biogeochemical projects. We are particularly interested in experience processing biomass samples, measuring water chemistry, and using instruments designed for soil, water, or gas.
How to Apply
To apply, please email a copy of your resume, a 1-page cover letter describing how your experience and interests meet the requirements of this position, and a list of 3 professional references (with email and phone contact information) to Genevieve Noyce at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. The main campus is a 2,650-acre research site on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater, MD. Facilities include the Global Change Research Wetland, the site of multiple long-term ecological manipulation experiments. Nearby cities include historic Annapolis, Maryland’s capital, and Washington, DC. The technician will be hired as a ‘Trust Employee’ through Smithsonian’s non-profit wing, entitling them to health, vision, dental, and other benefits. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital/parental/caregiver status, and disability. The SERC community recognizes the value of diversity in promoting innovative science and creative solutions, and we strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We recognize that each applicant for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences, and background to this position; as such, we will be looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all, of the qualifications and experience listed above.