Research Laboratory Manager Position at the University of Michigan
Friday, November 13, 2020 09:25 AM

The Classen Ecosystem Ecology group seeks a laboratory and field manager, and we aim to make our work relevant to both the scientific community and society. We spend a lot of time at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) as well as lots of other field sites around the US and world. This is a term-limited position, which runs through August 2025. The contingent start date in Ann Arbor, Michigan is January 2021. We use a combination of observations, experiments, and models to answer ecological questions. We are a diverse and international group of community and ecosystem ecologists who work across scales from the micro (soil food webs) to the macro (regional carbon fluxes).  This is a term limited position scheduled to end August 2025.


  • Maintaining a lab culture of respect, safety, and collaboration;
  • Maintaining ongoing and establishing new field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments;
  • Collect data from field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments using routine methods, as well as develop new sampling techniques as appropriate; 
  • Travel to field sites to collect data (may include international travel);
  • Run and Maintain field and laboratory equipment. For example, using, troubleshooting, and maintaining ecosystem laboratory equipment to analyze soil, plant and gas samples;
  • Build, troubleshoot and maintain ecological sensors;
  • Coordinate and communicate with international collaborators;
  • Help to coordinate student field and laboratory activities; 
  • Data entry, preliminary analysis, and interpretation; 
  • General laboratory coordination and maintenance, including ordering and organizing equipment and supplies and maintaining laboratory databases.

Required Qualifications

M.S. (or equivalent experience post BA/BS) in ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry or a closely related field. Applicants should show they can work independently and cooperatively with other researchers. The ideal candidate must have a strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, demonstrated communication and quantitative capabilities, and a record of leadership. Experience with lab equipment, sample analysis, in-situ sensors, and environmental datasets (e.g., in R or MATLAB) is desired.  Travel within the US is part of the position.

How to Apply

Apply at  A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume.