Work Study Program - Position WS17159

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WS17159 Research Lab Assistant 1
Location: Downtown
Dept: Dept of Geography
Building: BURNSIDE Hall
Wage: $14.00/Hour
Summer Session: 15 hours per week (average) for 16 weeks of work.
Fund Source: University = University and/or government funding, open to all.
Duties: Work will be primarily linked to research programs examining ecological processes in salt marshes, geological history of salt marshes in Eastern Canada and controls on carbon storage in salt marsh sediments. Tasks will be assigned depending upon lab needs and student availability. These include analyses of records of blooming of nectar sources of an endangered butterfly, preparation of soil samples for measurement of carbon content, metals analysis or accretion rates (subsampling from cores, drying, weighing, grinding, use of a muffle furnace), treatment of samples for pollen analysis, charcoal analyses, data entry and analyses, assisting in lab organization and maintenance, obtaining supplies.
Required Skills: Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Faculty of Science. Attention to detail and ability to use Excel are important. College level course in chemistry is an asset, experience in GIS and remote sensing would also be useful. Please send email to Prof. Chmura with Work Study position in the subject line and attach a BRIEF resume (listing McGill major, Faculty and yr first, then any work or volunteer experience), unofficial copy of transcript, and availability during fall and winter terms. Availability for 3 hr shifts during business hrs is an asset. Students will be required to obtain a WHMIS certificate (training is available.
Contact Person: Prof. Gail Chmura at