Laboratory and field assistant at Barro Colorado Island – Panama. A research internship position is available to work with James W. Dalling and Paul-Camilo Zalamea at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. This internship is funded to work as a lab and field assistant in a project that aim: to study the seed germination ecology, determinants of seed persistence in the soil, and plant-fungal interactions on tropical pioneer trees in a seasonal rainforest in Panama.

The internship assistant will assist the project’s post-doc, P-C Zalamea and the project PIs James Dalling, Betsy Arnold and Adam Davis in processing of seeds of pioneer tree species to determine how chemical and physical seed traits are related to seed dormancy and persistence in the soil, and also to study susceptibility of seeds to fungal/Bacteria infection. The internship assistant will conduct research based at Barro Colorado Island.

The initial appointment is for six months. The start date is flexible (the ideal start would be the second week of April 2015). To apply, please e-mail a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the internship, CV, and contact information for 2 references to Paul-Camilo Zalamea at <mailto:camilozalamea@gmail.com>camilozalamea@gmail.com  Review of applications will start as soon as possible, and continue until the position is filled.

Project webpage: <http://publish.illinois.edu/tropicalseeds/>http://publish.illinois.edu/tropicalseeds/

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