Research Specialist III, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Updated: 11 days ago
Location: Knoxville, TENNESSEE

Research Specialist III, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology - 17000000I2 


 Pay Grade: 39
The Sheldon Lab at the University of Tennessee ( is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with experience conducting molecular lab work to join the lab as a full-time Research Specialist III effective immediately. The Sheldon Lab primarily uses dung beetles in field and lab experiments to study the patterns and processes that determine the distribution and abundance of species, with the aim of guiding conservation practices.
The successful candidate will have hands-on experience in several of the following techniques: molecular methodology (DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, sequencing), growth chambers, respirometry, field biology, data management, and statistical analysis. Experience with microbial methods is a plus. The candidate will also assist with day-to-day lab management, which will include maintaining dung beetle colonies for experiments, working with soil and cow dung on a regular basis, autoclaving, and ordering lab and field supplies. Some travel may be required.


 Candidates should have a Bachelor's degree or higher in a biology-related field plus two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Candidates should be proficient with computer software (e.g., Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop).
To submit your application, please go to In addition, please send your CV, a cover letter summarizing relevant experience and your interest in the position, and contact information for three references (name, position, email address, mailing address, and telephone number) to Dr. Kimberly Sheldon ( The position is full-time for one year from the date of hire with the possibility of extension to a second year.
The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.
The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

  Research Technical 
Primary Location
  Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 
Campus/Institute  Knoxville 
Job Posting
  Apr 10, 2017, 10:08:54 AM 

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