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Research Associate 2

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Location: Anacortes, WA
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Position Title Research Associate 2
About the University

Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The Shannon Point Marine Center is a marine research facility that integrates grant-funded investigative science with student education. For more information about the Shannon Point Marine Center, please visit: 

About the Department The Shannon Point Marine Center supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

The purpose of the Research Associate 2 position is to complete research projects outlined in an existing grant project entitled “The impact of symbiont-larval interactions on species distributions across southwestern Pacific hydrothermal vents” with the lead PI (Arellano), graduate and undergraduate students, and collaborators from University of Oregon and University of Rhode Island. This involves designing and conducting all steps in the process of research science as guided by the research purposes stated in the grant proposal (including literature search, question refinement, designing, conducting, and maintaining field experiments; performing laboratory analysis of samples and troubleshooting protocols; data analysis; and quality control and data management, analyses, and interpretation; and preparing written and oral reports).

This is a half-time, project position with an anticipated end date of August 31, 2021.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Biology or related field with experience in Marine Sciences
  • At least one year of research experience involving both laboratory and field studies on deep-sea, chemosynthesis-based ecosystems
  • Experience with larval culturing or deep-sea marine gastropods
  • Experience with deep-sea oceanographic sampling via large research vessels and human occupied vehicles (e.g. DSV Alvin or similar)
  • Molecular laboratory skills including: DNA purification, amplification and sequencing, rtPCR, qPCR, data analysis using appropriate software
  • Experience with searching & synthesizing primary literature
  • Experience with analyzing and visualizing diverse data types data
  • Strong written skills as exemplified by previous publication of scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and poster & oral presentations
  • Strong oral communication skills as exemplified by previous poster & oral presentations
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with deep-sea research cruise mobilization
  • Microscopy skills including light, SEM, epifluorescence or confocal
  • Experience with high-throughput molecular screening methods (e.g. sequencing)
  • Experience with histological techniques
  • Experience with developing new methods and protocols
  • Independent self-starter & well-versed in the entire process of scientific research
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and efficient
  • Able to troubleshoot resourcefully and adaptively manage projects
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and have 5+ years of driving experience 
Salary $24,184-$28,214 based on experience, including an excellent benefits package
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position closes 11/14/2018

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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