Lab Assistant (voluntary position)

Lab Assistant (voluntary position)

Purpose of the Role

The Volunteer Lab Assistant will assist a PhD student with the dissection of intertidal gastropods for a reproductive lab study.

Ideally, the Lab Assistant will have experience in dissection and microscopy as this will be the predominant focus of the work.  In return, opportunities will be available and training will be provided to assist with animal husbandry in a mesocosm system, data entry and fieldwork should the Assistant wish to expand their knowledge and experience.

The experiment is being run from October 2019 to June 2020, therefore the Lab Assistant will ideally be able to start in October/November for 2 days a week (weekdays only, but flexible to the Assistant’s schedule) through until summer 2020.

Volunteers can develop the following skills and qualities:

  • Experience in the dissection and sexual identification of intertidal gastropods using microscopy
  • Actively contributing to a comprehensive scientific study
  • Experience with the care and maintenance of a bespoke mesocosm system at the MBA, including animal husbandry
  • Identification of rocky shore invertebrates

Other benefits to being an MBA registered volunteer:

  • Opportunities to make connections and build professional networks
  • Access to the National Marine Biological Library
  • Access to talks and seminars
  • Opportunities to participate in MBA social events

If you are interested, please contact Hannah Parry-Wilson (PhD Student) at

This vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate is found