Job: Senior Lab Tech in Microbial Ecology at UNM

The Taylor Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico is seeking a Senior Lab Tech in Microbial Ecology. The lab investigates fungal biodiversity and the evolutionary ecology of plant-microbe interactions, particularly mycorrhizae and biological nitrogen fixation, using field and molecular methods. This position will involve molecular analyses related to two recent NSF grants, one investigating climate-change related disruption of grass-endophyte interactions along elevational gradients in the Rocky Mountains, the second investigating the potential for associations with mycorrhizal fungi to underlie niche-partitioning in hyperdiverse epiphytic orchid communities of Costa Rican rainforest (see award IDs 1354972 and 1355155). For more information about the lab, please see taylorlabunm.weebly.com anborealfungi.uaf.edu.

The senior technician will be involved in various aspects of laboratory management, including student mentoring. The main duties will be to push forward cutting-edge plant microbiome molecular analyses. A core duty will be the preparation of amplicon libraries for NGS sequencing. There may also be opportunities to participate in fieldwork in Costa Rica and Alaska. Leadership and success in bringing projects to fruition will be rewarded with numerous opportunities for authorship on scientific publications.

A bachelors degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology or related field is required, an MS is preferred. Experience beyond the classroom with standard microbiological and molecular methods including DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing is essential. Skills in more advanced methods, especially NGS methods such as RADseq, RNAseq, or anchored-hybrid-enrichment-sequencing are desirable. Strong organizational skills and basic data management experience are also essential, while scripting/programming skills (e.g. linux system administration, Perl, PHP, python) would be a major plus.

For additional information and to apply for the position, please follow this link:
unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=80401
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and contact information for at least three references. Start date is flexible and position is open until filled; for best consideration, applications should be received before December 15th.

The University of New Mexico is the flagship university in the state with 36,000 students and 40 PhD programs. Interactions with Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs contribute to a vigorous research climate. The main UNM campus is located in Albuquerque, a city of ~800,000 situated on the Rio Grande River at 5000 feet in elevation. Days are sunny and warm while nights are cool. At the transition between the Sonoran Desert and the Great Plains Grasslands and surrounded by mountains, Albuquerque is ideally situated for both cultural and outdoor explorations. The 10,000 foot Sandia Crest is only a 40 minute drive, while the epicurean, cultural and artistic delights of Santa Fe are only an hour away. Numerous other attractions may be found in all directions, such as Chaco Canyon, Bandolier National Park, White Sands National Monument, and many mountain ranges and ski resorts.

If you have questions about the position, please email Lee Taylor at fflt@unm.edu.