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Researcher 6

University of Minnesota
life insurance, paid holidays
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
March 28, 2024
Job ID
Twin Cities
Job Family
Full/Part Time
Job Code
Employee Class
Acad Prof and Admin
About the Job

This position is a Researcher 6 position responsible for initiating a large field study on how vegetation and worm ecology affects the redistribution of heavy metals in soils. Work includes pilot sampling of field plots, testing of experimental methods and sample processing, coordination across involved labs, and researching and establishment of field sites.

25% Field Surveys
Pilot sampling of vegetation, worms, and soil samples from sites, fall 2022

25% Lab work
Processing of invertebrate, plant and soil samples in the lab, coordination across three soil labs involved in the project.

30% Site research, selection, permissions
Overlay of preliminary data and site characteristics to select sites for 2023 sampling, coordinating with other team sampling, and site permissions/permitting

20% Data Analysis & writing
Analysis of pilot data, data curation, writing of methods sections for eventual publication


Essential Qualifications: PhD in Ecology or related fields. Driving license and clean driving record. Expertise in vegetation and ecosystems of the upper Midwest. Physically capable for general outdoor work (good vision, ability to work outdoors during diverse weather conditions, walk, work on hands and knees, lift moderate weight objects (40lb)). Experience doing field work, lab work, data collection, data curation and analysis. Experience with maps, GIS and skills related to site selection. Experience with sampling terrestrial communities, including soils, plants, and invertebrates. Hard work ethic and positive attitude. Ability to work independently and with others.

Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with Minnesota worms. Minnesota prairie plant identification. Familiarity with Minnesota pollinator communities.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

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How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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