Opportunities AvailableThe 2013 AEL group

Undergraduate Opportunities
Research Assistant (graduate student) Positions
Postdoctoral Positions

Undergraduate Opportunities

Independent Study (EEOB 693)

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.

Independent Study (EEOB 293)

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

Research Assistant/Graduate Student Positions

PHD POSITION IN FISHERIES ECOLOGY2015 OSU-AEL PhD position - Lake Erie Walleye (Ludsin-Marschall).pdf

Drs. Elizabeth Marschall (www.ael.osu.edu/people/marschall.2) and Stuart Ludsin (www.ludsinlab.com/) have an opening for a Ph.D. student to begin during fall 2015 or winter 2015-2016. The student would work on a project designed to better understand how human-driven ecosystem change (i.e., climate change, species invasions, eutrophication) influences walleye recruitment in Lake Erie. 

Project description: Lake Erie’s walleye population has declined in recent decades, owing in large part to low survival during the egg and larval stage.  The mechanisms underlying this reduction remain unknown; however, several indicators suggest that the re-eutrophication of Lake Erie, the expansion of non-native benthic species, and continued climate change are altering the lower food web in a way that negatively impacts walleye reproduction.

While we have developed hypotheses to explain how these simultaneous human-driven stressors impact walleye recruitment, as well as some possible first steps for the project, we are seeking a motivated, creative student to work with us and Ohio DNR-Division of Wildlife biologists to identify the exact research questions to ask and approaches to be used. We envision a project with a blend of basic and applied research, which could incorporate field collections (made across the food web), laboratory and/or outdoor mesocosm/pond experiments, and (or) modeling. 

Location:  Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (http://ael.osu.edu/) within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (http://eeob.osu.edu/). 

Qualifications:  Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups.  A Master’s degree in biology, ecology, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is required; those with a B.S. degree and an exceptional track record of research or related work experience also are encouraged to apply.  Strong writing, quantitative, and people-management skills are essential.

Stipend: ~$2,325/month plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. Full Graduate Research Associates (GRA) support exists for the degree duration, with opportunities to teach (if so desired).  

Start date: Fall 2015 or winter 2015-2016.

How to apply: Application review will begin on May 15, with applications accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

Please email Dr. Stuart Ludsin (ludsin.1@osu.edu) and Dr. Elizabeth Marschall (marschall.2@osu.edu): 1) a letter of interest that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as  your research interests/goals; 2) a curriculum vitae (or resume) that also includes your GRE scores and (if applicable) TOEFL/TSE scores; 3) an unofficial copy of your transcripts; and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. 

Contact information: For additional information, visit http://www.ael.osu.edu/ or contact Dr. Ludsin or Dr. Marschall at the above email addresses.



Postdoctoral Scientist Positions

The Ohio State University – Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, College of Public Health
Description: Drs. Jiyoung Lee, Stuart A. Ludsin, and Jay F. Martin have 1.5 years of support for a Post-doctoral Scientist to determine if cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Erie pose a risk to human health. 
The incumbent will lead an effort to use liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to determine if consumption of fish from Lake Erie, or consumption of fresh produce that is grown with water from Lake Erie and its region, poses a risk to human health, owing to contamination by cyanobacteria (e.g., Microcystis spp.) and their toxin, microcystin. The primary responsibilities of the post-doc will include: 1) helping developing a robust, sensitive, and accurate method for toxin extraction and quantification in fish; 2) helping quantify microcystin levels in Lake Erie’s two most important recreational and commercial fishes (walleye and yellow perch); and 3) helping examine the fate of cyanobacteria and toxins in different types of fresh produce which are irrigated with contaminated water. The Post-doc also is expected to help in the laboratory, write manuscripts, present scientific papers, and help mentor students that are conducting related field, laboratory, and modeling research. 
Funds are available to support the position for a minimum of 1.5 years, beginning immediately. 
Location: The incumbent would reside in the lab of Dr. Jiyoung Lee (http://cph.osu.edu/people/jlee) within The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, but also work closely with a dynamic, interdisciplinary team of OSU faculty, researchers, and students, including Dr. Stuart Ludsin (Aquatic Ecology Laboratory; http://www.ludsinlab.com/) and Dr. Jay Martin (Ecological Engineering; http://fabe.osu.edu/our-people/jay-f-martin). 
Qualifications: A successful applicant will be creative, motivated, and capable of working both independently and cooperatively within an interdisciplinary group. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in environmental microbiology, ecology, or a related field. An ideal candidate would have experience with toxin (e.g., microcystin) detection, molecular methods, aquatic ecology, and (or) public health. Strong quantitative and communication skills are required. 
How to apply: Interested candidates should email a single PDF file as an attachment to lee.3598@osu.edu with a subject line titled “Cyanotoxin Application”. The PDF file should contain 1) a cover letter indicating interest in the project, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of three references including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers, and 4) two representative publications.


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