The Research Technician will assist the Director and lab personnel in studies of arthropod vectors and disease ecology (1/2 time). They will assist other research groups at Calder (1/2 time) by training students and faculty in the use and operation of Center equipment, as needed. They will ensure that research equipment is kept in good working order. The Research Technician will conduct invasive species surveys and control, including and managing long-term data sets (e.g., weather, water quality).
Assist Director in Vector Ecology/Medical Entomology studies:
Conduct field work collecting ticks and mosquitoes including monitoring of long-term field sites, rear and identify ticks and mosquitoes in the lab, maintain permanent collection of specimens, assist lab members with various field and lab studies as needed; assist in the publication of research findings.
Assist Research Group Principle Investigators (PI):
Perform both routine and complex laboratory procedures using instrumentation at the Center. Maintain accurate and timely records of test results; operate, calibrate, and perform (or arrange with outside service technician) routine maintenance on laboratory instruments; maintain supply inventory and relay equipment and supply needs to supervisor; collect data; prepare solutions, reagents, and media as needed. Field Studies: assist with preparation and collection of field samples; monitor field study sites.
Assist in planning and implementing conservation efforts to manage/control invasive plant species in various station habitats, foster growth of native species (e.g., pollinator garden, tree planting), and evaluate progress over time.
Long-Term Ecological Monitoring (LTEM):
Conduct/manage LTEM data collection on site. Operate and perform routine maintenance on the Water Quality Monitoring Station and the Weather Stations. Provide LTEM data upon request.
Implement safety protocols for storage and disposal of unused chemicals. Provide yearly training on handling, storage, and disposal of lab chemicals to Center staff.
Post various biological data from Calder studies on the Center’s website; update regularly.
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or a related field is required; Master’s Degree preferred.
Minimum two years of research field experience desirable.
Expected to exhibit initiative, work independently, be technically proficient in use of equipment, accurate in data collection, and detail oriented.
Knowledge of local plant and animal communities a plus.
Excellent writing and communication skills are necessary; expected to summarize data and clearly relay technical information to faculty, students, and laypersons, as needed. Lab safety training a plus.
Able to work outdoors in varying weather conditions; able to participate in hikes.
Able to perform some heavy lifting
Valid driver’s license is mandatory.
Internal Number: PN0705
About Fordham University
Fordham Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United kingdom.