Opportunities to join the lab

Interested in ecological research? Interested in how people are affecting ecosystems? If so, consider joining the lab.

The lead research technician position at the Boston-Area Climate Experiment has been filled.

Are you an undergraduate looking for experience, or interested in doing honors research?

I sometimes have openings for motivated undergraduates to conduct research in the lab. I can often accommodate students interested in conducting honors research. These students should contact me as early as possible so that we can develop a suitable project. I also sometimes can take on students looking to help with research on a volunteer basis or for credit, or to take on an independent project. If you are interested in working in the lab, please contact me and indicate your range of interests, relevant courses you have taken (or experience), and, if possible, provide me with the names and contact information for references, along with their relationship to you.

Are you considering graduate school?

I am interested in taking on additional graduate students. If you are looking for experience in the field of ecology and you think any of my research topics are interesting, please send me an email with information about yourself. If possible, include information on your interests, classes taken, grades, and GRE scores. My interests are broad, so projects on a wide variety of topics are possible. There are a variety of avenues through which prospective graduate students can apply to the lab at Purdue, such as through the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Program. For most students, it would be wisest to discuss the range of options with me before applying. If you are an international student and you did not graduate from an English-speaking institution, you should apply to work with me only through the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, unless your score on the TOEFL speaking test is 27 or higher. Purdue has excellent resources for ecological research, including instrument facilities of all kinds on campus, properties and well-equipped field stations throughout Indiana, and good support for students. The Lafayette/West Lafayette area has a low cost of living and a high quality of life. It is also within about an hour's drive of Indianapolis and two hours of Chicago. There is a rich community of ecologists at Purdue, spread across several departments, conducting research around the world. In Forestry and Natural Resources, the ecologists are listed together here. In Biological Sciences, they can be found here. More can be found in Agronomy, Entomology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and other departments. Purdue also has a terrific group of researchers working on many aspects of climate change.

Purdue has several competitive fellowships for students. These include several for students in underrepresented groups in the sciences, and I urge students in these groups to consider applying. To be eligible, prospective students should fill out the diversity essay when applying to Purdue.


Are you looking for a postdoctoral mentor?

I am interested in taking on postdoctoral researchers. Unless you see an advertisement on this page, I do not have funding for a specific postdoctoral position. However, there are a variety of fellowships available through other organizations, and my department also supports "Purdue Postdoctoral Scholars in Natural Resources" through a competitive program. Applications are due in October. (As of 2014, there is a Scholar in my lab and I am only allowed to be associated with the one at a time, so this is not an option). If you are interested in working in my lab and would like to develop a proposal for funding with me, or have plans to seek an external fellowship, please contact me by email. A variety of postdoctoral fellowship opportunities are posted here. Purdue has excellent resources for ecological research, including instrument facilities of all kinds on campus, properties and well-equipped field stations throughout Indiana, and good support for postdocs. The Lafayette/West Lafayette area has a low cost of living and a high quality of life. It is also within about an hour's drive of Indianapolis and two hours of Chicago. There is a rich community of ecologists at Purdue, spread across several departments, conducting research around the world. In Forestry and Natural Resources, the ecologists are listed together here. In Biological Sciences, they can be found here. More can be found in Agronomy, Entomology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and other departments. Purdue also has a terrific group of researchers working on many aspects of climate change.

Job opening: Lead research technician, Boston-Area Climate Experiment. THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

We are seeking applicants for the position of lead research technician at the Boston-Area Climate Experiment (BACE). This is a full-time position based at the BACE site in Waltham, Massachusetts (approx. 9 miles from Boston). The successful applicant will maintain the BACE and conduct and assist with ecological research at the site. S/he will be responsible for maintaining a well-organized research environment, maintaining and organizing lab records, equipment, and supplies, analyzing experimental data and presenting results, helping to coordinate activities of undergraduate researchers, troubleshooting problems, ensuring that safe research practices are followed in the lab and in the field, and performing other assigned duties. The technician will work occasional odd hours and weekends as dictated by field or lab work schedules, and will sometimes work outdoors in inclement weather. The technician will spend about 70% of their working hours outdoors.

The position is open immediately (pending paperwork at Purdue), with an immediate start preferred.

Applicants should have an educational background (bachelor’s or preferably M.S.) that includes coursework in ecology or environmental science. We would be particularly interested in candidates with previous experience in plant ecology or ecophysiology labs, experience working on outdoor experiments that simulate climate change in natural or managed ecosystems, experience working with large datasets, managing student employees, and/or working in old-field ecosystems of the northeastern United States. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the position will depend on performance and future funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The technician will be employed by Purdue University (an equal access/equal opportunity university), but will be based in the Boston area, with little or no travel to Purdue.

Potential applicants should -------POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED-------- a statement of interest and resume (or CV) with contact information for two or more references, using the subject line “BACE technician.” Applications will be considered as they are received.

For more information on the experiment, see the BACE website.

Updated March 8, 2016.