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Research Technician – Insect Ecology & Conservation

The Landis Lab at Michigan State University is seeking a full-time technician to facilitate research on insect ecology, conservation and management. Our lab focuses on understanding the influence of landscape structure on insect biology and ecology, design of sustainable landscapes to promote ecosystem services, conservation/restoration of rare species and communities, and invasive species ecology and management. Current research projects address the biodiversity impacts of biofuel landscapes, interactions of conservation lands with agriculture, non-consumptive effects of predators on prey, and conservation biology of monarch butterfly.

The positon includes responsibilities for conducting lab, greenhouse and field research in collaboration with the PI, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students. It requires a four-year college degree in Entomology or related field of study and six months of related experience. Preferred candidates will have a Master’s degree and experience or education in; ecology, conservation biology, landscape ecology, predator-prey interactions, pollination biology, agricultural cropping systems; experience with field and laboratory research; experience maintaining insect cultures and plants; experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); a demonstrated ability to supervise student employees; and experience making outreach presentations.

A full description of the position and application instructions can be found at: Posting #484586: Research Technologist II in Entomology.

Prospective students

I am always interested in talking to prospective students and I encourage you to send me a letter or e-mail stating your interests and attach a copy of your CV or resume.
I look for bright, energetic and committed students with a passion for their particular area of research. All of my students are grant funded and I am generally able to accept about one student per year. Thus, positions are competitive and strong GPA, GRE’s, and letters of recommendation are typically required. Many students in my lab have been successful in wining competitive fellowships.  For full consideration for MSU-sponsored fellowships, full applications are required to the Department of Entomology by December 15 for admission the following fall. For other deadlines (EPA STAR and NSF pre-doctoral) see the individual agency websites. My current students are a great source of information about the lab and I encourage you to contact them for more information. – Doug.

Undergraduate research

I occasionally post opportunities for undergraduate research on MSU's Venture page, or you can contact me directly.  We begin interviewing undergraduate research assistants for summer work in February each year.  For details, contact my lab manager, Julia Perrone.

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