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Biology Research Assistant III

Department: Biology
Position: Full-time, 12 month position, full benefits package
Wage: $14.513 – $18.141 per hour
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Posting Date: September 2021


The Research Assistant III is expected to participate in and contribute to ongoing research in fish biology as part of a National Science Foundation grant project. They will work closely with the grant Primary Investigator on experimental design, setup, and execution, as well as managing undergraduate research students. Their responsibilities will include organizing equipment and supply purchases, calibrating scientific instruments, performing minor surgeries, analyzing experimental data, preparing manuscripts, managing undergraduate research students, animal husbandry, and presenting research findings at scientific meetings. They are expected to be highly motivated, self-directed, and capable of working independently, as well as proficient in supervising undergraduate research students.

Required Qualifications 

  • Completed or will finish in six months or less a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in biology/zoology or a related field.
  • Advanced working knowledge of biology, particularly in animal physiology and behavior, fish and wildlife biology.
  • Extensive experience working in the field.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Working knowledge of MATLAB.
  • Proficiency in analyzing scientific papers.
  • Experience in scientific writing.


To apply, submit a letter of application, current resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three professional references.  To be fully considered, the letter of application must address all of the job qualifications.  Send application materials to:

Patti Lake, Personnel Officer
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT  59725

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Bradley Wood by email @  or by calling 406-683-7321.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 65 full-time faculty and 1,300 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for any position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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