Research Assistant Job at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Vassar College
  • Poughkeepsie, NY

Job Description

Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape.

Vassar College is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. The College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of racial, ethnic, and other historically underrepresented groups.

Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

The Pater lab studies the physiology of how plants access resources such as light and water, and how these strategies contribute to the success of these species under stress conditions. We currently seek a Research Assistant to work alongside the Assistant Professor of Biology and a team of undergraduate students to perform independent research experiments, help student researchers with their experiments, and perform general lab organization/maintenance duties. The successful candidate will be able to multi- task, supervise undergraduate researchers in the field, and exhibit an eagerness to learn. This is a one- year (renewable to a second year following review), full-time, grant-funded position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024.

This position would be ideal for someone who wishes to gain hands-on experiences in field- based ecophysiology research.


* Perform experiments in the field and lab, including measurements of photosynthesis and


* Perform basic lab maintenance/organization duties including inventory maintenance, occasional plant care, and cleaning and organizing general lab space

* Organize and analyze acquired data

* Ensure that safe laboratory practices are followed, including the use and disposal of chemicals

and hazardous materials

* Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions

* Be willing to train/supervise undergraduate trainees both in the lab and field



* Bachelor's Degree in related scientific field.

* Previous experience in a lab or research environment


* Experience collecting data in outdoor conditions.

* Experience identifying plant species native or invasive to the Hudson Valley.

* Understanding of basic plant biology.

* Statistical analysis.

* Attention to detail, ability to record and manage.

Compensation Special Instructions to Applicants

To complete your online application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter including your salary requirements, and contact information for three professional references. You will also have an option to attach your unofficial college transcript(s) and NY State license. The selected candidate will be required to present these documents at the time of hire. Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.

For full consideration applicants should apply by Anticipated Start Date Anticipated End Date Quicklink for Posting Open Until Filled Yes

Job Tags

Full time, Traineeship, Immediate start, Outdoor,

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