Job: Research technician in monarch butterfly ecology and conservation
I am seeking an individual who can assist with research efforts in the Kaplan Lab (www.entm.purdue.edu/ecolab) in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) aimed at understanding the potential impact of pesticides on monarch butterflies. This research includes quantifying how neonicotinoid seed treatments from corn and soybean, along with other agrochemicals, affect monarch development on milkweeds growing near agricultural fields. Primary responsibilities would include maintaining milkweed plants, rearing monarch caterpillars, and keeping detailed records of developmental success (e.g., weight, instar, adult longevity, etc.). This position would be ideal for a recent graduate (BS or MS) looking to gain additional research experience before entering graduate school.
Starting date: ASAP, but no later than January 2017
Duration: This is a one year position with possibility of extension.
Qualifications: BS or MS in entomology or related fields (ecology, agriculture, botany). Preference for individuals who have prior experience with maintaining plants and rearing insects. Also, background in chemistry would be beneficial.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
If interested, please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Ian Kaplan at email@example.com
Department of Entomology