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Full-time Water Science Research Technician

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Overview: We are looking for a full-time research technician to join Hydrology labs in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University. The research assistant will work with the Watershed Science and Hydroecology Lab ( and with the Hydrogeology Lab ( to support field, lab, and computational water science research. This is a great opportunity to support multiple research projects and researchers seeking to advance our understanding of water resources. The candidate will work both independently and in close collaboration with undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and professors in the two labs. Being in an academic environment means learning new skills and working at the frontier of knowledge. Hence, we do not expect candidates to have experience in all aspects of this job. Training will be provided to the research assistant including general research and specific water science skills. This position is full time, funded for multiple years, and based in East Lansing, MI, USA.

The ideal candidate will have experience with:

  • Fieldwork in the water sciences
  • Laboratory water sample analysis

Key duties will include:

  • Assisting with creation of and execution of fieldwork and sampling plans
  • Maintaining and preparing field equipment and sensors
  • Assuring training in field and laboratory methods
  • Preparing samples for analysis
  • Operating basic water chemistry analytical instruments
  • Analyzing samples for basic water chemistry
  • Assisting with data management and computational water science tasks

To Apply: Apply online at under position number 859105. Direct link: Complete the application forms and upload the following required documents: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position and how it relates to your professional interests, including a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, and phone number), and 2) a resume or curriculum vitae.

Review of applications will begin May 16, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. Desired start date is in June-July 2023, but the start date is negotiable. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jay Zarnetske at