Faculty Research Assistant at Oregon State University


The Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (within the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University) invites applications for the following position:

Faculty Research Assistant to work with a project researching juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead life history tactics. This project entails research to (1) determine the morphological, physiological, and behavioral phenotype of wild Chinook salmon and steelhead as it relates to juvenile migratory performance, and (2) develop strategies whereby such phenotypes could be produced through controlled hatchery rearing. The incumbent will coordinate sampling and data collection, analyze data, and assist with writing reports and manuscripts. The incumbent will work closely with the project manager as well as other Faculty Research Assistants, graduate students, and research facility managers. The position is located in Corvallis, OR with frequent travel throughout the Willamette River Basin and possibly statewide.

About OSU: OSU is one of only 10 American universities to hold the Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant designation and is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive university. OSU is located in Corvallis, a community of 50,000 people situated in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene. Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges are all within a 100-mile drive of Corvallis. Approximately 15,400 undergraduate and 3,400 graduate students are enrolled at OSU, including 2,500 U.S. students of color and 1,200 international students. The university has an institution- wide commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, and provides a welcoming atmosphere with unique professional opportunities for leaders who are women and people of color. All are encouraged to apply.

Project Assistant

• BA/BS degree in fisheries, fish ecology, physiology, natural resources, zoology or related field (MA/MS preferred)
•Self-motivated, problem solver with good critical thinking and analytical skills
•Ability to work independently and as a productive, reliable team player
•Ability to effectively lead small crews of technicians
•Ability to prioritize multiple competing priorities, follow instructions and confer with project leaders when necessary
•Ability to communicate clearly in written and oral form
•Experience with experimental design
•Experience with data analysis and writing reports and peer-reviewed papers
•Ability to lift or pull heavy equipment (50+ lbs) and wade in fast streams over unsteady substrate
•Valid driver’s license
•Some fieldwork experience is necessary
•Ability to take accurate and legible notes
• Preference given to applicants with knowledge of fisheries biology/management and prior experience working with salmonids; experience using Excel and/or Access worksheets for data entry, checking data, and generation of graphics; use of quantitative applications and statistical programming
• Preferred qualifications include a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Application: Web site http://oregonstate.edu/jobs search for posting number 0010306 for details about the position and complete information on how to apply. For full consideration applications must be received by March 29, 2014. This position starts April 20, 2014 or shortly thereafter.

Questions regarding the application may be directed to Eric Billman (eric.billman@oregonstate.edu)

Oregon State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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