Opportunities Available

2015-2016 AEL

Volunteer Positions
Research Assistant (graduate student) Positions
Postdoctoral Positions (New)
Undergraduate Opportunities
Technician/Seasonal Opportunities (New)


Volunteer Positions

Are you looking for more research experience? Do you want to get more involved with field and lab work? Love being on the water? 
The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL) has a number of graduate students looking for some extra hands this summer with field work and sample processing. These opportunities are perfect for those interested in gaining more field/lab experience, or who just want an excuse to get outside. 
If you are interested in being a volunteer for our lab, please send your name and email to Melissa Marburger (marburger.4@osu.edu; AEL Financial and HR manager). We will add it to our "AEL Volunteer Listserv," which is how we communicate out a volunteer opportunity. 


Research Assistant/Graduate Student Positions

No official openings are available at this time. Interested in a position at the AEL? Contact us. Tell us about yourself - background, research interests, career goals, and education. Send inquiries to AEL faculty members.


Postdoctoral Scientist Positions

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Description: Drs. Stuart A. Ludsin (http://www.ludsinlab.com/) and Elizabeth A. Marschall (https://ael.osu.edu/people/marschall.2) have two years of support for a Post-doctoral Scientist to contribute to ongoing research centered on the ecology of Lake Erie’s fish communities. A major emphasis will be placed on understanding how human-driven environmental change has and will continue to impact Lake Erie and its food webs and fisheries. The successful applicant also will assist in redesigning and analyzing an Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife lower food web (phytoplankton and zooplankton) and nutrient monitoring database for Lake Erie, which will be integrated with long-term fish assessment databases. The successful applicant will lead and co-author manuscripts, present scientific papers, and help mentor students who are conducting related field, laboratory, and modeling research. Opportunities, if interested, would exist to participate in field and lab work, gain university teaching experience, attend training workshops, and write research grants. 

Location: The incumbent would join a dynamic, interactive group of faculty, post-docs, and students at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL; www.ael.osu.edu/), in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (www.eeob.osu.edu/). Office space and necessary computer equipment will be provided in the AEL, located on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Support to attend scientific meetings also will be provided annually.

Qualifications: A successful applicant will be creative, motivated, and capable of working both independently and cooperatively within an interdisciplinary group, including academics and agency biologists. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in biology, fisheries science, biostatistics, or a related field. Strong quantitative and communication skills are required. Ideal candidates will have a strong knowledge of statistics and computer programming experience (ideally in R, SAS, or Matlab). Additional experience in database design and management is desired, but not required.

Salary: $47,484/year plus comprehensive benefits package

How to apply: Electronically submit a single PDF with cover letter, CV, and names/contact information of three references to Dr. Stuart A. Ludsin at ludsin.1@osu.edu. Put “Lake Erie Post-doc” in subject line. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. An ideal start date would be fall 2016.  Feel free to direct questions to Dr. Ludsin at the email above.  


Undergraduate Opportunities

Undergraduate Volunteer Opportunities

The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory is looking for students seeking volunteer experience in aquatic ecology. If this fits your description, please email Melissa Marburger (marburger.4@osu.edu) to sign up for the Aquatic Ecology Volunteer listserv. 

Independent Study

The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory is interested in energetic, committed undergraduate students who are interested in conducting independent research, for OSU credit, that focuses on ecologically oriented projects in freshwater ecosystems. For all projects, we ask students for, at minimum, a commitment of one year. For more information, please contact: Stuart Ludsin (ludsin.1@osu.edu), Associate Professor, EEOB, or marschall.2@osu.edu, Associate Professor, EEOB.

The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory provides course credit for one quarter (or more) of volunteer research experience in aquatic ecology. For more information, please contact: Stuart Ludsin (ludsin.1@osu.edu), Associate Professor, EEOB, or Elizabeth Marschall (marschall.2@osu.edu), Associate Professor, EEOB.

Work Study

We are looking for qualified students to fill work-study positions at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory. Specific tasks for our Work-Study students include field sampling, in-lab sample processing, and data entry. We strive to ensure that Work-Study students also will have opportunities to participate in lab and field research associated with other ongoing projects. Aquatic Ecology Laboratory graduate students and faculty are committed to educating Work-Study students in the fine art of scientific research in a cooperative and supportive work environment. We are looking for creative, hard-working students.
Federal Work-Study support (call 614.292.0300 for information)
A course in biology
An interest in aquatic ecology
ContactMelissa Marburger (marburger.@osu.edu) at 614.292.1613


Technical/Seasonal Positions

We are currently hiring two full-time research technicians. One will work on a Lake Erie walleye research project; the other will assist with sample processing for various research projects conducted on Lake Erie and Ohio reservoirs. Details about two positions are described below. 

Research Technician (Lake Erie walleye population)  download PDF

Responsibilities. One full-time position for a research assistant is available for a field- and laboratory-based research project on the Lake Erie walleye population. The project will assess current zooplankton quality and the effects of differing food quality on larval and juvenile walleye. Duties will include extensive field sampling for larval fish, eggs, zooplankton, and phytoplankton during February through May. During other times of the year, duties will include sample processing (e.g., larval fish identification and diets, zooplankton identification), data entry and analysis, and assisting with experiments.  Additionally, depending on experience, the position will allow for involvement in data analysis, manuscript writing, and undergraduate student mentorship.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a field related to biology, ecology, environmental science, or similar, and further education and/or experience is preferred.  Candidates must be self-motivated and able to work with a variety of people. Successful candidates must be able to conduct field sampling from a boat in rough conditions, be flexible enough to spend extended periods (multiple days) at research sites on Lake Erie, be willing to use a microscope for extended periods, and be willing and capable of performing standard laboratory procedures. Prior field and laboratory experience is preferred, but not mandatory.   

Research Technician (Lake Erie and Ohio reservoirs) download PDF

Responsibilities.  One full-time position for at least 1 year (with preference for extension beyond 1 year) is available to assist with sample processing for various research projects conducted on Lake Erie and Ohio reservoirs. The main duties will be 1) zooplankton identification and enumeration, 2) larval fish identification and diets, and 3) standard laboratory work. The incumbent will assist with other field/lab work as needed.  

Qualifications:  Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a field related to biology, ecology, environmental science, or similar, and further education and/or experience is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience using microscopes and/or identifying/enumerating zooplankton.

Salary: $12.00 - $15.00/hr, depending on experience, including a comprehensive benefits package

Closing: Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable applicant is found.  The position will last 1 year with possible extension, with a start date as soon as possible.

How to apply:  Please submit a cover letter, CV, (unofficial) college transcripts, and names/contacts for three references via email.  Address applications and further inquiries to Zoe Almeida (almeida.25@osu.edu; Phone: (614)292-1613).  See http://www.ael.osu.edu/ to learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory. 


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