Never has the world been in greater need of biological scientists. 

Graduates with a B.S in Biological Science from UVM are well prepared to begin careers in technical, teaching, and consulting roles in many fields, such as health care, environmental consulting, biomedical research, pharmaceutical industry, government, or conservation.  Many students choose to pursue advanced studies leading to M.S., Ph.D., M.D., or D.V.M. degrees and subsequent employment in academia, industry, governent agencies (e.g. USDA, USGS, USFS, US Department of Fish and Game), and the health sciences professions.

 

See where their B.S. degree in Biological Science has taken some of our recent graduates:

Alyssa Neuhaus - '20

Alyssa is now a master’s student in the UVM Biology department, and has been working on understanding the spillover of malaria parasites into the Common Loon. Alyssa was awarded two graduate research awards to help fund her research including a highly competitive American Ornithological Society Student Research Award and the John Wheeler Graduate Student Research & Development Award. With these funds and through broad collaboration she has been screening loons from across the southern edge of their breeding range for malaria parasite infection by PCR. Through further collaboration with entomologists and the help of undergraduate assistants, Alyssa has also been working to identify the mosquito vectors responsible for transmitting malaria parasites to loons. Alyssa recently presented her research at the joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, and received an honorable mention for her presentation.

Stefanie Geiger '18

student in the lab

Stefanie works as a research scientist at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Her days consist of working on various projects involving cell culture and lab meetings with her coworkers. While at UVM, she studied in the Honors College and participated in the Distinguished Undergraduate Research program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Stefanie did her research with Dr. Bryan Baliff, studying protein signaling. “What drew me to this position in particular is that since it was related to a hospital, we were doing science that is being used in clinical trials or improving clinical trials. There’s a pretty big connection in what we were doing and actually getting to patients,” she said. Stefanie’s strong network and personal connections helped her find a job in a field she was interested in.

Laurel Haines '17

student in front of research poster

Laurel is currently working as a research associate for the biotech company, Matrivax Research and Development in Boston, Massachusetts. During her undergraduate studies at UVM, Laurel spent plenty of time in lab settings. She used her network of university students and staff to learn about internship opportunities, which ultimately led to her her current position at Matrivax where she works on vaccines. “I am definitely excited and fulfilled by knowing that what I’m working on is on a path to move towards a clinical trial and could actually impact people’s lives. That’s the part I find most rewarding,” said Haines. Laurel hopes her vaccine research will soon move into clinical trials and be available for people around the world to prevent disease. 

Miriam Kasten '17

hiker with mountains in the background

Miriam is a medical assistant at Four Seasons Dermatology in Colchester, Vermont. She is responsible for gathering patient information, taking patients' vitals, and relaying the information to the patient’s provider. She also assists in biopsies and surgeries. “I find it very fulfilling when I feel that I have helped someone. We deal with a lot of skin cancers here and telling somebody they have a skin cancer can be difficult. Just taking time, being patient and making somebody feel comfortable is a really nice feeling,” she said. As an undergraduate at UVM, she was able to gain experience working in the lab and volunteering at the UVM Medical Center, where she has started a mentorship program working with incarcerated women at the women's prison in South Burlington, VT. Miriam is preparing to go to medical school and is interested in specializing in cardiology, ENT or women’s health.

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Opportunities for recent graduates:

New postings 5/11! (also check here: www.uvm.edu/biologicalscience/seasonal-job-opportunities)  

**Updates will resume in Fall 2022.  Have a great summer!**

Research Assistant Arctic geoscience - MA

We seek a Research Assistant to contribute to the establishment of a new Arctic carbon monitoring network, which will include the establishment of new eddy covariance monitoring sites across the Arctic-boreal region and coordination and support for existing flux sites. The Research Assistant will work closely with collaborators and Woodwell scientists to develop the monitoring network, including establishing new flux sites, maintaining new and existing sites, and downloading quality checking and analyzing data. This position is part of a larger project to monitor and forecast Arctic-boreal carbon fluxes. The successful candidate will work within a highly collaborative environment and be supported by a strong project team including process modelers, remote sensing experts, field scientists, a project manager, and communications and policy experts.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Project Scientists and collaborators to establish new eddy covariance flux sites and provide support for existing sites as needed to ensure data continuity and coverage
  • Travel internationally to establish and maintain eddy covariance flux sites for several 2-3 week-long trips per year
  • Assist with collection, processing, quality checking, and archiving of eddy covariance flux data
  • Assist with purchasing, construction, installation, and maintenance of eddy covariance and other micrometeorological instruments
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and calibrate instrumentation to maximize data quality and coverage
  • Assist with data analysis
  • Coordinate with research personnel, including PIs, station managers, technicians, and research assistants

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in Biogeochemistry, Earth System Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Atmospheric Science, or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience working with and troubleshooting scientific or technical equipment
  • Competence with scientific computer software and basic data analysis, experience with R statistical language a plus
  • Experience setting up and maintaining eddy covariance instrumentation, and collecting, processing, and synthesizing eddy-covariance flux data a plus
  • Experience with remote power systems (solar, wind, etc.) a plus
  • Knowledge of Arctic carbon cycling, Arctic ecology, and/or climate change research a plus, but not required
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Valid U.S. driver's license
  • Excellent organization and documentation skills

Application review will be ongoing.

Desired Start Date: Start date is flexible, summer 2022.

Classification and Compensation: This is a fixed-term, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $46,000 - $60,000 depending on experience. This is a one-year fixed-term appointment, from June 13, 2022, through September 15, 2023, with the possibility to extend based on funding and performance. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and values a healthy work life balance.

Location: Based in Falmouth, Massachusetts with international field work.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type "Research Assistant - Arctic Eddy Covariance Flux" on all correspondence.

Junior Specialist: Improving rootstock drought tolerance - CA

The Bartlett Lab at UC Davis is hiring a Junior Specialist to join a research project looking for genetic associations with drought tolerance in grape rootstocks. Our goal is to help growers manage hotter, drier conditions by creating genetic tools to accelerate breeding for more stress tolerant rootstocks. The Junior Specialist will work with collaborators in the Cantu Lab to conduct DNA extraction and genotyping for a population produced by crossing drought tolerant x sensitive grape rootstock varieties. They will also work with other members of the project team (e.g., the McElrone Lab) to contribute to greenhouse experiments measuring drought performance and physiology traits for the population. This work will include imposing experimental watering treatments, measuring plant gas exchange and water potentials, optimizing high-throughput phenotyping methods for root growth, and using microscopy and imaging methods to measure root anatomy and physiology. The Junior Specialist will also be responsible for propagating plant material and contributing to vineyard management. The Junior Specialist role is designed to transition recent undergraduates into independent research in plant physiology, genetics, and horticulture. Thus, the Junior Specialist will be expected to participate in all stages of research, including working with the project PIs to develop experimental plans, independently analyzing and interpreting the data they collect, reading relevant literature, contributing analyses, figures, and writing to manuscripts, and leading a manuscript about their project.

https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/analyst/recruitments/JPF04918/details

The position will last for 1 year starting in June 2022 (there can be some flexibility).

Plant genomics research - PA

A Research Technologist position is available at The Pennsylvania State University beginning in May 2022, with a flexible start date. The successful candidate will provide research support and perform organizational activities in the laboratory of Dr. Jesse Lasky, Assistant Professor of Biology.  The Lasky Lab uses lab and field experiments, physiology, and genomics to study how environment shapes genetic diversity of plants, with goals of learning about basic biology and informing management under environmental change.  This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with the possibility of extension.

https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Staff/job/University-Park-Campus/Research-Technologist---Lasky-Lab_REQ_0000029152-1

Soil biogeochemistry lab tech - CA

The Ecosystem & Soil Microbial Processes Lab led by Dr. Pete Homyak in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UC-Riverside is accepting applications for a laboratory technician. Competitive candidates will have a B.S. (minimum requirement) and/or M.S. degree in biogeochemistry, soil science, soil microbiology, environmental science, ecology, or a closely related discipline. Some desired qualifications include: fieldwork experience, experience using scientific instruments, and familiarity with enzyme assays, mass spectrometry, soil C fractionation and nutrient extractions.

We research how soil microbial and abiotic processes control the exchange of elements such as N, P, and C across the soil/water/atmosphere interfaces to infer how anthropogenic disturbances and changes in global climate may alter ecosystem biogeochemistry and function. Several field projects are ongoing in sites along an elevation gradient in the Sierra Nevada, in several chaparral sites along an atmospheric nitrogen deposition gradient, in a rainfall manipulation experiment in a Pinyon-Juniper woodland, and in recently burned chaparral sites across California. We use several novel tools including 13C-CO2/CH4 and N2O isotopomer trace gas analyzers, LI-COR automated soil flux chambers, and instruments in FIRMS (https://ccb.ucr.edu/facilities/firms) and the ESRL (https://envisci.ucr.edu/research/environmental-sciences-research-laboratory-esrl).

Job responsibilities include:

  • Assist with research activities in the lab and field including projects led by students and postdocs.
  • Coordinate the work of undergraduate research assistants.
  • Learn to use laboratory instrumentation and field tools and assist with student training and sample processing and analysis.
  • Train students on methods used in the lab.
  • Maintain adequate inventory of laboratory supplies/consumables and oversight of laboratory safety. Operate instrumentation in the lab, FIRMS, and ESRL to process lab samples.
  • Actively participate in research activities including seminars, workshops, and lab meetings.

How to apply: The position start day is July 1, 2022, and will be initially for one year with the hope that the technician will stay for multiple years if mutually desired and funding is available. Screening will begin May 23rd, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates should apply directly to Dr. Pete Homyak (phomyak@ucr.edu) by submitting a single PDF file containing: Curriculum vitae (CV), contact information of three references, and a cover letter indicating i) your research interests, ii) how you meet the minimum or desired qualifications, and iii) why our lab is a good fit. The subject of the email should be "Laboratory Technician Position".

Seasonal GIS and field technician - GA

The River Basin Center and the Wenger Lab at the University of Georgia are seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants for a temporary GIS, field, and laboratory technician position. The technician will be involved with a variety of projects that focus on streamwater temperature effects on fish and ecosystem processes, greenhouse gas emissions from small impoundments and freshwater fish conservation and ecology in the Upper Coosa River basin as well as the potential for other aquatic ecology projects.

A major component of this project will be to assist with GIS analyses to build a stream temperature model for an entire river network. Field work involves assisting with a study investigating the role of small impoundments on greenhouse gas emissions, and participating as a crew member conducting fish surveys in the upper Coosa Basin. Additional work may include installing and maintaining water quality sensors, collecting water samples and helping with other studies. Field research may require overnight travel for up to five days at a time (transportation is provided departing from UGA). Some work may be in remote locations under adverse conditions, and work is physically challenging; successful applicants must be reasonably fit. Laboratory research may involve gas chromatography, aquatic invertebrate sorting and identification, water quality analyses, and other standard aquatic ecology techniques. In addition to GIS work, office research includes data entry, literature reviews, and online research. This position is guaranteed for 6 months with a target start date of June 1, 2022. Exact dates can be negotiated.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Ecology, Fisheries, or related field. A valid driver's license is required. Applicants should have excellent problem solving, time management, organization and communications skills. Proficiency with software including ArcGIS, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required, and experience with R is preferred. Previous experience in GIS and various aquatic ecology field and lab methods (e.g., fish surveys, invertebrate sorting, water sample collection, weighing) is a plus.

We actively encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly those historicallyunderrepresented to apply. This position is ideal for candidates considering a career in aquatic ecology and aspirations of attending graduate school in a similar field.

Location: This position is based at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Field work will be based primarily in Athens and North Georgia.

To apply: https://rivercenter.uga.edu/people/co-directors/

Great Basin ecological monitoring & restoration - CA/NV/OR/ID/UT

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service through the west. The Institute’s mission is to advance applied science and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships, supporting national parks, forest, open spaces and public lands.

Available positions: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/

 

Arboriculture Research Assistant - IL

The Arboriculture Research lab at The Morton Arboretum is hiring a full-time Research Assistant: https://careers.hireology.com/themortonarboretum/807328/description

Burmese Python Radiotelemetry - FL

The U.S. Geological Survey and University of Florida are offering some exciting paid internship positions. These are 1-yr, post-baccalaureate-level field/lab technician positions in the Everglades working with Burmese pythons. The ad will remain open until all  positions are filled. Apply here: https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/paid-research-internship-burmese-python-field-research-in-the-greater-everglades-snake-telemetry-in-florida/

Insect Ecology Tech - Saskatchewan

The entomology program in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources is hiring a full-time technician for a period of one year. The technician will primarily contribute to studies of insect biodiversity and plant-insect interactions. The technician will contribute to other project as time allows and as required.

Duties: Primary duties will include the maintenance of plant and insect colonies, sorting and managing field samples, and testing for pathogen infection via PCR. Other tasks may including various lab aspects of lab management such as purchasing and updating safety records.

Qualifications: Post-secondary training at the diploma or degree level in agriculture, biology, entomology; or grade 12 with substantial experience in entomology and ecology. Experience with insect identification and specimen preparation is highly preferred. Must be eligible to operate university vehicles. Must be willing to work outdoors and work flexible hours during the summer field season.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The University of Saskatchewan offers a competitive benefit and pension package.  

To apply, please send application via email, including the following three components: a cover letter, resume and names and contacts of three references as a single PDF document to: 

Dr. Sean Prager, sean.prager@usask.ca
Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 5A8

or apply via the University of Saskatchewan website: https://careers.usask.ca (req8098)

Wetland & Coastal Ecology Research - MA

Woodwell Climate Research Center seeks applicants for multiple field assistant positions:  

Details: https://www.woodwellclimate.org/careers/

 

Conservation Science Data Lead - NV

The Walker Basin Conservancy (Conservancy) leads the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin (www.walkerbasin.org). The Conservancy acquires water rights and ranches to increase freshwater flows to Walker Lake. We re-establish native plant communities on former agricultural fields, increase public access and recreation opportunities, and develop practical solutions to save Walker Lake.

The Conservation Science Data Lead Technician will be responsible for data quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), management, and summary across the conservation science, stewardship, and recreation programs within the conservancy. The Lead Technician will also conduct vegetation, wildlife, and stream monitoring designed to improve our understanding of natural and cultural resources in the Walker Basin, inform adaptive resource management, and demonstrate the success of WBC conservation efforts.

https://www.walkerbasin.org/join-our-team

Grassland Research Assistant - OK

We are seeking a temporary research assistant (RA; graduate or undergraduate degree in Botany, Ecology, Biological Sciences, or related fields) for a NASA-funded project focusing on detecting grassland plant diversity using remote sensing. The RA will be expected to conduct comprehensive field botanical surveys to identify grassland plant species following an established protocol. There are opportunities to assist with other components of the project, including collecting and analyzing leaf functional traits and remotely-sensed data. The primary study site is The Nature Conservancy's Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work in a team
  • Prior knowledge on grassland plant species
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Enthusiastic about grasslands
  • Comfortable with working in remote settings

Timeline: Target start date is July 01, 2022.

Pay: Pay is commensurate with qualifications.

To Apply:  Please send cover letter, CV, and list of three references to Dr. Hamed Gholizadeh (hamed.gholizadeh@okstate.edu). Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Botanist/Ecologists -UT/ID/WY/MT

The University of Montana (UM) is currently recruiting Botanist/ Ecologists with experience in botany, ecology, and soil science for data collection in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.  Positions are full time, temporary, from Apr/May - Aug/Sept (exact dates vary by project).  Full job description found here:

https://www.umt.edu/crmw/emma_positions/2022_lotic_aim_employment_opportunities1/default.php 

Application review is ongoing and will continue until the positions are filled.

Part-time Soil Ecology Research Assistant - IL

This Soil Ecology Research Assistant is a part-time (20hrs/wk) seasonal (9 month) position based at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe IL, starting as soon as possible. The RA will help to implement an NSF-funded research project investigating the potential of perennial ecologically intensive agriculture in landscape restoration. They will primarily be responsible for maintaining field experimental plots, soil and plant sampling, and assisting with laboratory analyses of soil and plant samples. They will also support field studies of native prairie plants in the same NSF-funded research project. More information is available at https://www.chicagobotanic.org/jobs/soil_ecology_research_assistant.

Seasonal Field Biologists - OR

National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. is hiring for multiple field biology positions for the 2022 field season, including Post-fire Riparian Vegetation, Aquatic Ecology, Pollinators, birds & bats, and red tree voles.  The research projects take place in Oregon and Northern California.   Position lengths and start/end dates vary.  See list of opportunities here: https://www.ncasi.org/about-ncasi/careers/ 
 

Forestry Research Technician - MS

Great entry level position for recent grads looking to work in research, conservation or forestry.

The primary position responsibilities are work as part of a field crew collecting forest inventory data, soil samples and vegetation samples then preparing samples for laboratory analysis. The candidate must be detail oriented and able to follow research procedures.

Contact: Austin Himes, austin.himes@msstate.edu. For more details or to apply: https://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en-us/job/503819?lApplicationSubSourceID=

Seeds of Success techs - Great Basin

The Chicago Botanic Garden is hiring "Field Technicians" to lead and work on a Seeds of Success crew out of various western locations (UT, ID, OR, CA, NV). These are contract-funded positions for 5-7 months starting in May or June.  Details: https://workforcenow.adp.com/....  

Also, the Southwest Conservation Corps is hiring a SOS crew member for Carlsbad, NM: https://jobs.silkroad.com/ConservationLegacy/Careers/jobs/3105

 

Botany & Soils AIM Crew - CO

Bureau of Land Management in Partnership with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps seeks field technicians to help collect soil and vegetation data. The crew will visit randomized points across range and forested lands and follow specific monitoring protocols using the BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) methodology.

Location(s):  Craig and Meeker, CO (2 Technicians in each location).

Dates:  April/May - October, 2022, varies by location.  Up to 24 weeks.

Details: https://www.rockymountainyouthcorps.org/internships