Summary The Memphis Zoo is seeking a highly motivated research technician to assist with research on amphibian reproduction and behavior. The candidate will help develop and execute research projects on assisted reproductive technologies, captive-breeding, and animal behavior. The successful candidate is also encouraged to develop projects based on their own expertise, with the goal of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. This position will include opportunities for professional development through personalized mentorship, conference travel, networking events, and training workshops.
Essential Job Functions
• Assist with planning, experimental design, and execution of research projects
• Assist with gamete collection, in vitro fertilization, and sperm cryopreservation
• Assist with behavioral and morphological assessments
• Conduct field surveys and collect data on captive-released individuals
• Prepare permit applications and reports
• Contribute to scientific manuscripts
• Mentor students and volunteers
• Present research findings in professional settings
• Participate in educational outreach
Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field.
• Experience in a medical, veterinary, or biological lab conducting chemical analyses or assays.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Zoology, Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, or related field.
• Prior experience in a zoo research lab.
• Experience handling datasets.
• Written and oral communication proficiency.
• Proficiency in MS Office, Excel.
• Records and reports creation and management.
• Problem solving and analytical skills, including the interpretation of complex chemical and physiological data. Position Type/Expected Hours of Work/Application Requirements: This is a full-time position that works up to 40 hrs per week and regularly requires weekend and holiday work. Review of applications will begin Dec 1, 2019. The successful applicant should be available to start by March 1, 2020. Application materials should include a cover letter, CV, unofficial college transcript, and three letters of recommendation. If possible, upload these materials as a single PDF file. All application materials must be submitted online, but recommendation letters only should be emailed separately to Dr. Sinlan Poo, Department of Conservation and Research, Memphis Zoo,
Supervisory Responsibility: None.
Reporting Structure: Reports to the Research Scientist.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk, and hear. The employee is constantly required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls, and to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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