Full-time Research Assistant Position in Aquatic Ecology
The Ohio State University - Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (Columbus, Ohio)
Responsibilities: We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant for at least two (2) years to support a research project designed to help the Ohio Division of Wildlife understand how historical changes in the lower food web and environmental conditions have influenced Lake Erie’s fish community. This research project will primarily be laboratory-based, with some limited opportunities to do field work. Duties will include enumerating phytoplankton and zooplankton samples, coordinating project activities (e.g., overseeing sample processing, managing and analyzing large historical Access and Excel databases, helping write project reports and possibly manuscripts), and supervising the activities of other research and undergraduate technicians.
Location: The incumbent would join a dynamic, interactive group of faculty, post-docs, visiting scholars, and students at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL), which is housed within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.
Qualifications: Applicants must 1) have completed a bachelor’s degree in a biological science or related field, 2) be self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as part of a team, 3) have an ability to use a microscope for extended periods for identification and enumeration of phytoplankton and zooplankton, and 4) be proficient with Microsoft Office (especially Excel and Word). While not required, we desire candidates with a Master’s degree, experience conducting independent research, or a strong quantitative background. Expertise GIS mapping, Microsoft Access, and/or computer programming would provide the incumbent greater ability to utilize his/her skills and conduct independent research.
Salary & Benefits: $13.00 - $15.00 per hour, depending on experience, with a comprehensive health and retirement benefits package. Other benefits include flexible scheduling, employee tuition benefits, and opportunities to conduct collaborative and/or independent research.
Closing Date: December 1, 2013, or until filled.