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Research Associate

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Haas lab is hiring a research associate to manage multiple projects and databases, support graduate students and other researchers on ongoing projects, interact with land owners/stakeholders, conduct field research, write permits and reports, as well as supervise undergraduates and field technicians. This positions main role will be centered on data management and will include, but not limited to, updating and maintaining data management protocols, ensuring all lab members are up to date on any data management training, and that lab members adhering to data management protocols. As there are multiple concurrent projects, successful candidates will need to demonstrate an ability to handle multiple demands within their respective deadlines. This position will also involve ensuring communication between remote field crew and Blacksburg crew.

Required Qualifications

  • M.S degree in wildlife science, ecology, or related field.
  • Experience managing field projects and large databases.
  • Experience with flatwoods salamanders and/or longleaf ecosystems.
  • Experience with bog turtles and/or Appalachian fens.
  • Experience installing hydrological monitoring wells instrumented with automated pressure transducers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with terrestrial salamanders and/or Appalachian forests.
  • Research experience with insects.
  • Experience with vegetation and invertebrate surveys
  • Experience with handheld GPS units, Microsoft Access, operating 4WD vehicles, R or other statistical program language.
  • Formal training in data management.
  • Coursework or experience with management and policy issues related to threatened and endangered species including familiarity with Endangered Species Act.
  • Outreach experience (including public speaking)

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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