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Research Associate I or II Mississippi 8/2/2018 +

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Organization:Mississippi State University

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

POSITION: Research Associate I or II in Amphibian Reproductive Ecology, Endocrinology and Sustainable Collections Management within Zoos and Aquariums

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in collaboration with Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University (MSU), is seeking applications for a 2.5 year Research Associate interested in amphibian conservation.

LOCATION: This position is on the MSU campus, located in Starkville, Mississippi. A description of the two departments can be found at

STARTING: As soon as available or as negotiated.

REVIEW: Begins August 1st 2018; will continue until filled.

RESPONSIBILITIES: We seek to hire a Research Associate (either a PhD or MS Level) interested in specializing in reproductive physiology, endocrinology and sustainable collections research related to amphibians with particular emphasis on threatened and endangered salamanders, whose research will combine a mix of observational and experimental approaches focused on advances in assisted reproductive technologies and genetic resource banking to support conservation and reintroduction programs.

We encourage applicants to apply that have acquired experience in reproductive technologies or lab work through internships or job familiarity. A working knowledge of amphibian physiology is not required; although a passion for this particular taxa is necessary. The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and endocrinology platforms for amphibian species of concern. Technologies developed may include hormone therapy for the collection of gametes, in vitro fertilization, cryopreservation and genome banking, and hormone assays.

Additional responsibilities may include husbandry and care of the research animal collection; mentoring of interns and undergraduate students; providing assistance to senior scientists, graduate students, and/or post-doctoral fellows in conducting investigations related to Zoo and Aquarium amphibian collections; compiling and maintaining complete and accurate research records through database entry, design and data management including statistical analysis; producing periodic progress reports and financial statements on the research program; interface with other staff members and Zoo professionals around the country; present research findings both nationally or internationally; perform other related duties as assigned to support the amphibian conservation lab’s mission in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the program.

Our partners include the Fort Worth Zoo, Detroit Zoo and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and students accepted into the program will likely be required to travel between our partner institutions for a part of their research.

QUALIFICATIONS: The applicant should have attained a Ph.D. or M.S. in Biology, Animal Science, Wildlife/Fisheries, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology or similarly related field.

SALARY: Annual Salary is $35,000-$40,000 + benefits; commensurate with experience.

APPLY: Applications should be submitted electronically on-line at: . Job No. 497446 Application materials include official college transcripts, curriculum vitae, cover letter of intent with three potential references to contact:

For Questions contact:
Carrie Vance, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Apply By:11/2/2018

Posted By: KBrasher