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Research Coordinator III

University of Florida

Job Description


Classification Title:

Research Coordinator III

Job Description:

•  Coordinate multiple field research efforts, including water, plant, and sediment data collection; sensor      deployments; and all associated maintenance and logistics
•  Drive, coordinate the use of, inspect, and maintain Ecohydrology laboratory vehicles, including boats
•  Coordinate the use and maintenance of all equipment for field measurements
•  Ensure field safety
•  Ensure that all field activities are performed under active research permits (when appropriate), and coordinate permit reporting
LABORATORY OPERATIONS (performed in support of research coordination in over 5-6 research fields)
•  Maintain chemical reagents
•  Maintain laboratory equipment and field sensors in good working order
•  Coordinate ordering from various vendors, and work with those vendors for sensor troubleshooting and factory maintenance
•  Maintain databases for project data and ensure timely and accurate data posting and quality control
•  Maintain the Ecohydrology field/laboratory space at the Mowry Road compound and in Newins-Zeigler Hall
•  Supervise lab technicians, OPS employees and graduate students in field and laboratory safety and quality assurance.
•  Assist students and postdoctoral associates (postdocs) with maintaining equipment, designing and constructing field deployment materials, acquiring and maintaining laboratory supplies, ensuring that field and laboratory safety protocols are followed, and consulting on experimental data collection design
• Maintain chemical waste inventory and compliance in the Ecohydrology laboratory and compound space
• Participate on the department’s safety committee
• Lead laboratory safety inspections for Ecohydrology space
• Lead student and postdoc laboratory training for hazardous waste handling/removal course through Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)
• Update safety policies and procedures
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: Work with stakeholders and members of the public in field and classroom settings to explain laboratory methods and research
LABORATORY CONSTRUCTION: Work with power tools to construct field and laboratory equipment storage and deployment infrastructure

40 hours a week position: Longer workdays may be required during field experiments and overnight trips to distant field sites.

Expected Salary:


Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area and three years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must have a valid FL driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s or PhD degree in forestry, hydrology, soil science, environmental science, or a closely related field, or progress towards the same
• Experience working or studying in a research laboratory
• Field experience with sensors and environmental measurements
• Laboratory experience with reagents, analytical methods, laboratory safety,
• Logistics experience with vehicle maintenance (including boats and trucks)
• Experience in field sampling
• Experience in equipment maintenance
• Experience in electronics
• Experience in databases
• Experience in sensor communications, calibration and deployment
• Experience in boat piloting
• Experience installing wells
• Experience in field safety protocols

• Knowledge of Florida’s hydrologic and ecological systems
• Knowledge of sensor systems, data logging software and electronics, data management protocols, and computers
• Familiarity with Florida flora and fauna (particularly in flatwoods, wetlands, and streams)
• Long, often arduous, fieldwork in remote, wet, and challenging field conditions
• Heavy lifting
• Interact collegially with graduate students, postdocs, faculty members, and the public
MACHINES & EQUIPMENT USED REGULARLY (with percentage of time in the operation of each)
• Field vehicles 
• Boats 
• Airboats 
• Computers including data management, sensor-specific software
• Field sensors including deployment, troubleshooting, fixing (or coordinating repairs)
• Laboratory instruments including analytical equipment, electronics
• Power tools for fabrication of field deployment structures, storage, and lab management

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

Must obtain boat safety certification within 6 months of hire.

This is a time-limited position.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: Yes


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