Positions in the Frank Lab

Undergraduate Research Assistant: Effects of urban climate on insects and trees in cities

Do you like working outside? Do cool bugs get you really stoked? Can you count? Then read on, we have a place for you in the Frank Lab!

Job description:
This position will assist with several ongoing research projects that address the effects of climate change and urban heat on plant-herbivore interactions. The successful applicant will perform a mix of field and lab-based duties and have the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks, including:

  • Counting insects in experiments
  • Identifying insects under the microscope
  • Assisting lab members with field work on urban trees
  • Assisting with research on Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control, and Insect Ecology in a laid back, educational environment.

Hours:

  • Spring 2017: 8-20 hours/ week
  • Summer 2017: 40 hours/ week

Qualifications:
Prior experience working in a research lab is desirable but not required. Relevant background and skills include:

  • Coursework in entomology, ecology, plant biology, or related field
  • Experience identifying insects is a plus
  • Must be able to work outdoors for extended periods in all weather conditions
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be available full-time during the summer

To apply:
Submit resume and cover letter to Annemarie Nagle (amnagle@ncsu.edu) with the subject line “Undergraduate Research Assistant: Urban Climate.” In your cover letter, please indicate why you are interested in the position; describe any relevant skills or experience; and list the times you are potentially available to work each day of the week. Applications will be considered as they are received until the position is filled.

Undergraduate Research Assistant: Watering street trees

If driving a giant pickup truck around downtown Raleigh is your idea of a good time…have we got the job for you. Don’t worry, you’ll get to do some cool science too!

Job description:
This position will assist with an ongoing research project examining the effects of weekly watering on health and pest insect abundance in urban maple trees. The successful applicant will water study trees twice a week and will assist with performing insect counts, tree physiology measurements, and branch sampling as needed through the summer. Applicant will be required to drive a large pickup truck with a water tank in back and operate a water pump to fill tree watering bags.

Hours:

  • 40 hours/ week, May – Aug 2017
  • Possibility of continuing part-time into Fall semester

Requirements:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift 75 pounds
  • Experience operating large vehicles and/or farm machinery a plus

To apply:
Submit resume and cover letter to Annemarie Nagle (amnagle@ncsu.edu) with the subject line “Undergraduate Research Assistant: Watering.” In your cover letter, please indicate why you are interested in the position and describe any relevant skills or experience. Applications will be considered as they are received until the position is filled.

North Carolina State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. The University strongly encourages all qualified applicants to apply. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Steven Frank (sdfrank@ncsu.edu) or (919) 818-4150.