Summer Research Technician Positions: Paleoecology and Fire Ecology, University of Montana

Novus Steering Committee member Phil Higuera’s new Paleoecology and Fire Ecology Lab at the University of Montana is up and running and looking for summer research technicians! The  Lab is looking for enthusiastic and engaged undergraduate students to serve as research technicians for extended employment. Each technician will provide laboratory support for ongoing research projects focused on long-term interactions among climate, ecosystems, and wildfires in Alaska and the Rocky Mountains. Work duties will focus on the analysis of lake-sediment and tree-ring records, including analytical lab work, lab set up and maintenance and the possibility of traveling to Alaska in summer 2016 to collect tree-ring records as part of an onging study with the National Park Service. This position is optimal for undergraduate students seeking an independent research experience. Time commitments are flexible and could range from 12-20+ hours per week.


  • Contribute to research in fire ecology, landscape ecology, biogeochemistry
  • Develop laboratory and data analysis skills
  • Travel to Alaska in summer 2016 to collect tree-ring records for an independent project
  • Participate in an active research group

Preferred Qualifications:

  • UM student with GPA >3.0, enrolled in Ecological Restoration, Forestry, Biology, Geosciences, or other ecology-oriented major
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Laboratory experience
  • Interest in pursuing independent research or graduate degree

To Apply: contact Tyler Hoecker (graduate research assistant) at with the following: 1) letter or statement describing research interests and relevant experiences, 2) resume/CV including GPA and relevant coursework, 3) contact information for two references familiar with your academic and/or research experiences.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

For more information: refer to the full posting

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