Research Assistant

Start date: November 1, 2018
Duration: 7 months
Hours per week: 40 hours per week
Compensation: $12/hour, plus fringe benefits

The Paleontological Research Institution is accepting applications for a full-time (40 hours per week) Research Assistant position. The Research Assistant will work on a project using buried death assemblages to estimate historical body size baselines for several oyster populations around the state of Florida. The incumbent will assist with processing and collecting oyster body size data from oyster reef bulk samples collected from around the state of Florida and other project-related tasks as assigned. Primarily, the work will involve 1) washing, sieving and sorting each bulk sample and 2) collecting body size measurements of the oyster shells in each sample. The Research Assistant will work in the laboratory facilities at the Paleontological Research Institution (1259 Trumansburg Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850) between approximately November 1, 2018 and May 1, 2019. We seek motivated and organized individuals interested in gaining laboratory experience and contributing to an applied monitoring project that aims to assist coastal habitat management in Florida.

Required qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental studies, paleontology, or related discipline.
  • A minimum of one semester of experience working in a scientific laboratory, including the collection of data intended for publication.
  • Ability to carefully follow instructions, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are essential.
  • Must live in the Ithaca, NY area for the term of employment.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Dr. Greg Dietl
1259 Trumansburg Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
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Fax: 607-273-6620
Phone: 607-273-6623 ext. 17

About PRI

Founded in 1932, PRI is an independent natural history museum holding one of the nation's largest fossil collections and publishing its oldest paleontological journal. It operates two public educational venues in Ithaca, NY -- the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center -- and is a national leader in informal Earth science education. PRI is affiliated with Cornell, but is independent of the University. The Institution has a paid staff of approximately 30, a physical plant of approximately 80,000 square feet on two campuses, and an annual operating budget of approximately $2.5 million.