Lab Assistant: Wetland and Aquatic Research Center; Genetics

Genetics Help Wanted!    
                                      
A full or part-time lab assistant is needed to help with conservation genetics projects at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. Located in northwest Gainesville, FL, our conservation genetics lab primarily performs research on invasive and imperiled species found in Florida, such as pythons in the Everglades, lionfish, the Cape Sable seaside sparrow, and the Florida manatee.  Our main focus is on using environmental DNA (eDNA) to define site presence or absence of invasive or imperiled species, particularly in Florida, but also nationally and internationally.
This is a paid research position (pay dependent on experience) open to current or recently graduated students (undergraduate or Master’s level students).  Your primary duties may include: genetic sample collection and processing, water filtering for eDNA, DNA isolation, PCR using traditional/ quantitative/ digital PCR techniques, and preparing reports and presentations.  Additional tasks may include gel electrophoresis, microsatellite genotyping, genetic data analysis, basic project management, and general lab upkeep.  Basic genetics coursework and/or previous experience working in a molecular biology lab is preferred, but not required.  For more information on our lab and research, please visit the page of our Primary Investigator, Dr. Margaret Hunter: https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/margaret-hunter
If interested, or for more information, please contact our lab manager:
Gaia Meigs-Friend
U.S. Geological Survey
Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Sirenia Project
7920 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL  32653  USA
Voice: 352-264-3562 (direct)
gmeigs-friend@usgs.gov