Join the lab!

I’m always looking for curious, dedicated and creative minds (with exceptional fish hands…) to join the lab. Generally, if you’re interested in getting involved in the research going on in the lab, please send an up to date CV, including three references, and a brief research statement of the types of questions you’d be interested in developing in my lab. I also like to see a writing sample – a peer-reviewed publication being ideal! This applies if you’d like to join as an undergrad, grad student or post-doc.

Email me! jess.stephenson@pitt.edu

Lab manager!

We are looking for a new lab manager! Specifically, you would be in charge of managing fish and parasite care, ensuring that the lab is organised and runs smoothly, that all supplies are ordered in a timely manner, and that our data archives are meticulous. You would also support other lab members in their data collection.

Assuming that you have the above under control, there is a lot of scope for the right person to make this a research-focussed position: you will be able to analyse existing data and samples, design and run your own experiments, and will have support in writing papers of your own and contributing to other lab papers.

We are looking for someone with:

  • exceptional communication skills: Your job involves talking to all sorts of people, managing other lab members as they help with fish and parasite care, and dealing with issues that arise.
  • experience looking after fish: A home fish tank is a good start! We use Aquaneering systems, so any experience with these or other recirculating systems is ideal, but not necessary. As these are live vertebrates, you will need to be dedicated to adhering to and maintaining strict animal welfare protocols. All lab members share weekend and holiday fish care duties.
  • organisation: You need to be able to organise the lab and keep it tidy, keep great and detailed laboratory notebooks, keep digital data and records organised and up to date (we use Lab Archives), be able to point lab members in the right direction when they inevitably (and repeatedly..) ask you where stuff is.
  • willingness to help: A large part of your job is supporting the grad students and post docs in the lab in completing research projects. We are a very collaborative lab, and need a team player who is willing to help out wherever they can.

If this sounds like you, please send me a CV and cover letter (official job posting coming soon…), and ask any questions! This is a full time, Research III position. The exact salary is negotiable based on your experience, within Pitt’s salary range.

Email me! jess.stephenson@pitt.edu