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Job Announcement: Lab Manager

Dates: Start as soon as possible. Position is 1 year with opportunities for extension.

Pay: 45-50k salary plus full UMN benefits

Location: Primary location will be Saint Paul, MN where the Cariveau Native Bee Lab is located. Fieldwork during the spring and summer may be included, which would be in various locations, such as rural Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Housing is not included except during fieldwork trips.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities will vary. Much of this position will focus on data and lab management. Data tasks include managing large data sets, data cleaning, creating and checking metadata and preliminary analysis. Also, the lab manager will assist with specimen management in collaboration with the University of Minnesota insect collection. General lab management tasks include ordering/inventory of supplies and equipment, hiring/supervising technicians and undergraduate students, organizing the lab space, coordinating communication with lab members, and assisting with budgeting. In the spring and summer, the lab manager will conduct fieldwork for various projects. This position requires attention to detail and supervisory skills. Applicants must be able to work highly independently, but group work is also required.

Required Qualifications
● Valid US driver’s license and legally able to work in the US
● A B.S. in Entomology, Environmental Science, Botany, Conservation Biology, Ecology, a related field or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years
● Experience managing and cleaning ecological data
● Experience with insect and plant identification
● Experience with one of the following: leading a field crew, supervising, teaching, or several fieldwork experiences
● Advanced communication skills with supervisors, small teams, students, and collaborators
● Dependability, punctuality, and ability to complete high quality work with minimal supervision
● Experience using or managing large scale datasets
● Introductory skills in R or Excel
● Flexibility and adaptability

Preferred Qualifications
● Understanding of basic bee biology with experience handling, collecting, or identifying native bees
● Previous work experience managing a lab environment
● Working with or managing insect collections
● Experience working in R to clean and document data with packages such as dplyr, tidyr, etc.
● Knowledge or experience with relational databases (e.g., MySQL, Microsoft Access, or SQL)
● Knowledge of basic statistics

Safety and COVID19:
The Bee Lab follows University of Minnesota policies and Minnesota Department of Health and CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19 safety. Please reach out if you have questions about our safety practices.


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications will need to submit a cover letter, resume, and references via the UMN employment portal. Click here to apply!

Applications are due by midnight CST March 1, 2023. You may reach out to Dr. Dan Cariveau at [email protected] with any general questions or concerns.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

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Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

We do not have a postdoctoral research position open at this time. However, those interested please feel free to contact Dan with ideas and potential funding opportunities.