Fish Tech position opening

The Milligan-Myhre and Weber Labs at the University of Alaska Anchorage are hiring a full-time technician to oversee fish-care and help with a diversity of research projects.

Links to lab websites:
Dr. Milligan-Myhre and Dr. Weber

Your duties (among other things):

Help lab mates (undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs) with their projects, including research on microbiomes, immunology, genetics, parasite infections, field studies, etc. See our lab webpages for full descriptions of people and ongoing research. All of these projects are united around their focus on a powerful model organism–the threespine stickleback fish.

Maintain and breed several populations of fish from both Alaska and BC in the lab

Experiment with freezing and recovering fish sperm and eggs

Maintain and expand microbe and parasite stocks

Maintain a copepod colony, which will be used for experimental parasite infections

Play with (or, formally, experiment with) microbes and parasites in our collection

Order supplies/help keep things orderly


Gain experience in animal husbandry, sterile technique, high-throughput DNA sequencing and analysis, and flow cytometry

Conduct field-sampling expeditions for fish, microbes, and parasites throughout Alaska

Opportunities to do outreach in the STEM fields throughout the year

Contribute to data collection, analyses, and writing, with the possibility of authorship on lab publications

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Biology-related field

Enthusiasm to learn new techniques, organizational skills, detailed oriented, record keeping, ability to work well with others required

Currently reside in, or willingness to move to, Anchorage, Alaska

Preferred Qualifications:

1-4 years research experience involving fish care and husbandry

Other details:

40 hours/week

Research Tech level 2-4 (see descriptions below)

Funding for position through Dec 2019.

How to apply:

The position is listed as temporary. For UAA, this means 18 months, after which you will need to take 120 days off.  We may be able to extend that, depending on funding.

Please send Kat an email (see “Contact us”) with your CV, 3 references, and a cover letter, and apply to the link below.

Research tech levels

Research Technician 2: One year college coursework in relevant field and one year experience in a field relevant to the research or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Research Technician 3: Two years experience in relevant field, or acceptable combination of education and experience.

Research Technician 4: Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the research and four years experience in a field relevant to the research, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Additional descriptions of each job level can be found here.

Minimum Hourly Wage/Salary: Varies according to project requirements and level of position to be filled.

Research Technician 2: Grade 76, Step 1, $18.18/hour

Research Technician 3: Grade 77, Step 1, $20.47/hour​

Research Technician 4: Grade 78, Step 1, $22.36/hour

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

Equal opportunity employer. We encourage women and minorities to apply.

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA’s statement of nondiscrimination available at

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