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The Department of Biology is the hub for the basic biological sciences at the University of Washington. Our mission is leadership in research and teaching of biology at the regional, national, and international levels.
We have an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist / Engineer-Assistant. Working with the PI, project database manager, and research manager for the Penguin Research project, the person in this position will participate in a wide variety of hands-on research, research management, and administrative activities.
Collecting, reviewing, analyzing and entering data collected at research sites primarily in Argentina and the Galapagos into the project database.
Conducting experiments and tests in the lab and field that include making measurements and recording the data from those measurements.
Contributing data for use in reports and publications, and writing up various portions of research evidence for inclusion in papers and publications.
Developing summary data for penguin nests checked during the October-March field season.
Programming Time Depth Recorder tags and Global Position System tags, deploying these tags on penguins, and downloading data from the tags.
Reviewing, developing, and analyzing information from the database.
Identifying and suggesting new data collection protocols and strategies.
Assisting with preparation of grant applications.
Preparing project status reports to sponsoring agencies, foundations and individual sponsors.
Preparing for each field season including completing paperwork for various permits, developing lists of necessary supplies and equipment, procurement and assembly of required materials, assisting with plans for assembly of research crew at field sites and coordinating travel arrangements.
Working with and negotiating with the Chubut government officials to foster collecting of scientific data to support the management of the Punta Tombo Reserve.
Research Data Management and Tech Support (20%)
Overseeing data entry of data from project sites into a database, providing database support while in the field, cleaning data, and troubleshooting the database to locate, enter, and correct data.
Working with the database manager on database design development and enhancements, including writing, testing, and correcting programs to transfer data from Dbase to SQL server.
Testing codes in MS Access to improve data entry process, including designing help tools for data entry.
Working with the database manager as needed to keep computers updated and working.
Function as a resource for Apple users.
Research Management and Administration (20%)
Determining, evaluating, and projecting the needs of the lab and making adjustments to work schedule to respond to those needs.
Tracking research expenses and prepare necessary paperwork related to expenses.
Making purchases for the lab. Develop and monitor budgets.
Maintaining a picture and video database to facilitate easy recovery and distribution of images from the field for project reports and papers.
Maintaining and cultivating the donor database for the Penguin Research Project, responding to donor requests, running donor email and snail mail list, including editing and layout of donor newsletter (Penguin Update).
Overseeing the Penguin Project website and social media networks, determining the content to post. Responding to questions about photos submitted to igalapagos.org
Updating public relations information and maintaining professionalism.
Responding to inquiries or providing information to the public and donors.
Long-range planning for field and data related work including mapping and donor related activities.
Working closely with the PI on travel arrangements, class administration and scheduling, and research tasks, such as preparing PowerPoint presentations.
Helping with long-term projects when they arise and other responsibilities as assigned.
Providing administrative support to graduate students and lab staff.
Other Duties (10%)
Supervising undergraduate and work-study staff.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelors degree in life science or related field and less than one year of experience.
Demonstrated excellence in writing skills. Writing sample required.
Demonstrated excellence in communication and interpersonal skills.
Knowledge of and experience with database systems with demonstrated attention to detail.
Excellent planning and organizational skills including the ability to organize others.
Ability to initiate, plan, and execute projects.
Self starter with ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and productively with a variety of people including post-doctoral students, graduate students, volunteers, donors and office staff.
Flexibility with work schedule to anticipate and meet deadlines and the needs of the laboratory. Ability to work long days as needed to achieve major deadlines with compensatory time off at another date.
PC and MAC literate with particular strength in MACs.
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite applications.
Ability and willingness to learn new computer applications related to lab research and job requirements.
Interest in conservation biology; experience with remote field work; experience with SQL database; experience with web editing in WordPress and HTML; experience with video editing; experience with GIS/ArcMap, some experience writing and speaking Spanish.
Condition of Employment:
Must be able to work a flexible work schedule with longer days as needed to meet major deadlines with compensatory time off at other times.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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