Appointment: The Pepper Lab at the University of Puget Sound is seeking to hire an excellent research technician. This position has the potential to be full-time (1.0 FTE) or three quarter time (0.75 FTE) depending on finalist and project needs. This position is initially available for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal, up to 2 years and 6 months depending on department needs, budget and mutual agreement.
Position Summary: The Pepper Lab investigates biophysical questions with a focus on fluid mechanics: we look at how water interacts with living organisms using experiments, theory, and numerical simulations. The technician will assist with an on-going project to determine what variables affect feeding rates of microscopic surface-attached single-celled organism in order to help more deeply understand both their critical ecological role in aquatic environments and how they help keep bodies of water clean and in balance. Technician duties may include daily lab tasks, organism care and maintenance, measuring fluid flow in the lab, analyzing experimental data using MATLAB or Python, numerical simulations of fluid flow and nutrient transport, mentorship of undergraduate research students, writing manuscripts for publication, and general data management. Necessary trainings (e.g., Particle Image Velocimetry, use of COMSOL simulation software) will be provided by the PI. Once proficient in laboratory techniques, the research assistant will be given their own projects to conduct and finish (hopefully with lead author publications).
Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate (or Masters) degree in physics, biology, biophysics, computer science, engineering, or similar background with 1) experience performing independent research; 2) experience with computer programming or interest in learning 3) interest in questions at the interface of physics and biology; 4) excellent organizational skills; 5) enthusiasm for working with and mentoring undergraduate research students; and 6) the ability to work well with others to contribute to a positive, productive, and inclusive work environment.
Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than December 2, 2019 to ensure consideration.
Letter of Interest
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.
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About Puget Sound Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit 'About Puget Sound' (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.
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Puget Sound is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Tacoma, Washington. Founded in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is rich in history and traditions enjoyed by generations of students, faculty, and community members. Puget Sound offers a four-year curriculum in the liberal arts tradition with more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary programs as well as selected graduate programs that build effectively on a liberal arts foundation.