Biological Scientist III

University of Florida

Gainesville , Florida

Design and conduct experiments:

  • Isolate and amplify DNA and RNA from marine plants.
  • Collect, identify, and measure samples of plants, fish, and invertebrates.
  • Perform standard chemical analyses on samples—sediment and water column nutrients, grain size.

Write manuscripts and reports:

  • Analyze data and organize data into appropriate formats for publication.
  • Write initial drafts of reports.
  • Prepare drafts of manuscripts for publication in high impact journals.
  • Assist with training students and maintaining laboratory safety protocols.

$35,000 – $40,000, Commensurate with education and experience.

Doctoral degree in biology or a closely related field and two years of relevant experience; or a master’s degree in biology or a closely related field and five years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field and seven years of relevant experience.

Preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree in marine biology or closely related field.
Specific qualifications include demonstrated experience with:
a. Knowledge of Gulf of Mexico flora (e.g. SAV, seagrasses, salt marsh plants, and mangroves) and fauna (fishes and invertebrates)
b. Boating skills (MOCC certification).
c. Knowledge of data collection methods and recording
d. Skill in the use of microscopes
e. Ability to quantitatively analyze data
f. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
g. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others.
h. Ability to utilize problem solving skills

A typical workweek consists of 40 hours per week; however, daily hours may be adjusted depending on the demands of on-going experiments. The incumbent must be willing to travel out of town for up to one week for sampling trips and meetings. Must be willing and able to conduct fieldwork under physically demanding conditions. Primary location of the position is McCarty Hall on the University of Florida Campus, with weekly travel to Nature Coast Biological Station located in Cedar Key, Florida.
In order be considered, you must upload your resume and list of three references.
Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (EDT) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: Contact with animals, operation of boating vessel.