Resident Biologist - University of Michigan Biological Station
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 02:35 PM

Resident Biologist Position at the University of Michigan Biological Station

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) seeks to hire a full-time, year-round Resident Biologist based in Pellston, Michigan.   The Resident Biologist will collaborate with the UMBS Associate Director, Facilities Manager and Information Manager to provide comprehensive research support to students, faculty and researchers.  

The UMBS is one of the oldest continuously running research field stations in the country.  It offers several credit bearing courses annually, fosters undergraduate and graduate student research, and hosts year-round interdisciplinary research on biosphere-climate interactions, biodiversity, field ecology and organismal biology.

Apply at to Job ID # 126447.  Please submit your cover letter as the first page of your resume or CV.  Year-round housing will be provided at the UM Biological Station in Pellston, MI.  Housing will be considered compensation along with an annual salary. 

Essential duties of the Resident Biologist include the following:

Research support & data management

  • Review and evaluate all research applications and projects submitted to the UMBS
  • Advise researchers and students with laboratory and field methods, study designs and locations
  • Coordinate and assign lab space and use of research facilities, in consultation with facilities managers
  • Apply for and maintain permits with the Michigan DEQ, DNR, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for use/monitoring of flora and fauna
  • Work with station Information Manager to conduct permanent research plot data collection
  • Coordinate institutional OSEH and Animal Care & Use Committee site visits, applications and approval processes
  • Maintain and deploy research equipment (lake buoy, meteorological monitoring stations, and environmental sensors)
  • Collect and manage monitoring data (acid rain deposition, mercury, UV-B, temperature, etc.)
  • Manage research collections (mammals, parasites, herbaria, etc.)

Property management

  • Steward UM property (~13,000 acres) for research and education
  • Work with UMBS Facilities and Land Use Committee to update land use guidelines
  • Monitor property boundaries and habitats
  • Maintain property signs and public information displays
  • Monitor property use by non-UMBS users
  • Coordinate land management initiatives (research, harvesting, etc.)

Academic course and lab support

  • Organize and set up classroom laboratories for all courses based at the station
  • Advise and assist student researchers and faculty with research projects
  • Train users in research techniques and equipment operation
  • Order, maintain and assign research equipment, instrumentation and facilities
  • Supervise stockroom manager and laboratory assistant
  • Manage on-site IT infrastructure and troubleshoot problems with LSA IT
  • Help supervise summer IT support
  • Arrange for AV support for classes, workshops, and lecture series events
  • Maintain research project reports from all students and collect necessary permissions

Outreach & education

  • Liaise with local community and communicate science and Biological Station mission
  • Design and give presentations and lead tours for regional educational organizations and public

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in science with 4-5 years of experience in field studies. 

Desired Qualifications:

A strong natural science background, with experience in project management, experimental design, data collection, and management of research infrastructure, physical samples, information, and data.   An interest in the history of research at UMBS and organisms and ecosystems.  Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.  Supervisory experience desired.

The Resident Biologist should expect to manage large portable instrumentation (up to 40 pounds), operate station vehicles, such as trucks, boats and snowmobiles.  In addition, the Resident Biologist will be responsible for moving about the property to maintain field sites, collect samples, visually inspect property damage, and clear trails within the 13,000-acre property.