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Undergraduate Opportunities

Post-doctoral Opportunities 

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Graduate Opportunities

We seek highly qualified, enthusiastic graduate students that are creative, motivated, and capable of working well both independently and cooperatively. Successful candidates would join a dynamic, interactive group of graduate students, post-docs, visiting scholars, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL) within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB). Interested students should see postings below and contact Drs. Stuart LudsinElizabeth Marshcall, or Jim Hood for more information. 

Graduate Positions in Aquatic/Fisheries Ecology, Dr. Stuart Ludsin

Dr. Stuart Ludsin (www.ludsinlab.com/) has openings available for M.S. and/or Ph.D. students to conduct basic and applied research in aquatic ecology. Research topics include: 1) impacts of harmful algal blooms and bottom hypoxia on Lake Erie’s food webs and fisheries; 2) ecology and fishery dynamics of Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch; and 3) the ecology of food webs and sport fishes in Ohio reservoirs.

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 Bachelor’s degree and/or M.S. degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is required. Strong writing, quantitative, and people-management skills are essential.

Stipend: ~$2,389/month plus full tuition waiver and health benefits.  

Start date: Fall 2020.

How to apply: Application review will begin on Nov. 15, with applications accepted until suitable candidates are found. If interested, please email Dr. Stuart Ludsin (apps.AEL@gmail.com): 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); 3) an unofficial copy of your transcript(s); 4) contact information for at least three professional references; and 5) your GRE scores (although they are not mandatory for admission) and (if applicable) TOEFL/TSE scores. Please put “Ludsin Graduate Positions” in the subject line.

Additional information: For additional information about application procedures and requirements, visit https://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions. For more information about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory or Dr. Ludsin, please visit the websites above or contact me at apps.AEL@gmail.com.

Click here for a pdf version of the information for Dr. Ludsin's research openings.

Graduate Positions in Aquatic Ecology, Dr. Jim Hood

The Hood Lab (www.hoodaquaticslab.wordpress.com) is recruiting up to two MS or PhD students to work on two projects focused on: (1) how interactions between harmful algal blooms and hypoxia shape zooplankton communities and food web dynamics in Lake Erie and (2) the role stream nutrient cycles and metabolism play in shaping phosphorus exports from agricultural landscapes to Lake Erie.

The ideal candidates will be highly motivated and honest, with strong quantitative skills, an interest in ecosystem ecology, and a background in ecology and/or aquatic science. I seek to maintain a productive, diverse, and team-orientated lab group and especially encourage students from under-represented groups to consider joining the lab. A Master’s degree is preferred for Ph.D. students, but not required. Financial support is available through a combination of research assistantships, competitive fellowships, and teaching assistantships.

If interested, please email Jim Hood (hood.211@osu.edu) a single PDF containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for your three references. On 21 October, I will begin reviewing candidate applications and ultimately invite selected applicants to apply to the department. The department's application deadline is 15 Nov 2019. EEOB graduate application procedures and forms can be found at http://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions and OSU Graduate School requirements at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/.

 

Graduate Positions in Fish Ecology, Dr. Libby Marschall

The Marschall lab (https://ael.osu.edu/people/marschall.2) has up to two openings for M.S. or Ph.D. students in two research areas: 1) To study how yellow perch (Perca flavescens) response to spatial and temporal changes in habitat (e.g., dissolved oxygen and temperature) lead to shifts in their spatial and temporal distributions in Lake Erie. This project will combine habitat and fish-behavior modeling with field tests and refinements of the models. 2) To study the interaction between life histories, local adaptations, and climate change via development of eco-evolutionary models. Start date: Summer or fall 2020.

Students must be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups. Students must have strong writing and quantitative skills.

Support: Stipend plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. Project # 1: the student will be supported as a Graduate Research Associate (GRA) or Fellow or some combination for their entire degree program, with opportunities to serve as a Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA), if desired.  Project #2: the student will be supported as a GTA or Fellow or some combination for their entire degree program, with opportunities to seek funding for GRA support.

How to apply: The EEOB deadline for graduate admissions applications is November 15, 2019. EEOB graduate application procedures and forms can be found at http://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions and OSU Graduate School requirements at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/. Information for those seeking University Fellowship support can be found at (https://gradsch.osu.edu/fellowships).

All official applications must be submitted online through the “gradadmissions” link above by the deadline. To expedite my ability to review your application, however, you should also submit your application materials directly to me (marschall.2@osu.edu). In a single PDF, submit: a statement of interest, a CV, an unofficial copy of your transcripts, and contact information for at least three professional references. 

 

Undergraduate Opportunities

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 Drs. Stuart LudsinElizabeth Marshcall, or Jim Hood

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.

 

Post-doctoral Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Fisheries Ecological Modeling

Description: Dr. Elizabeth Marschall (Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University) seeks a post-doctoral scientist to collaborate on developing spatially and temporally dynamic habitat and fish habitat-use models under current and projected future environmental conditions. These models will focus on Lake Erie fisheries, specifically yellow perch response to a changing environment.

Additional research responsibilities include writing, editing, and submitting manuscripts for publication; submitting progress resports to sponsors; and presenting research talks to sponsors and stakeholders and at professional meetings. Other responsibilities include mentoring and co-mentoring undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Opportunities to participate in field and laboratory research and formal teaching can be made available, if desired.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State University's Aquatic Ecology Laboratory within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a PhD in ecology or other relevant field. We seek applicants with strong modeling, data-handling, coding, and statistical skills; with demonstrated ability to publish papers in peer-reviewed journals; and the ability to work productively both independently and as part of a collaborative team.

How to apply: Submit a brief cover letter, full CV, including names and contact information of three references, and a statement of research background and interests, all in a single .pdf file to apps.ael@gmail.com. Please include "Lake Erie Fisheries Postdoc" and your last name in the subject line.

Application review will begin June 1 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.  We anticipate a start date between July and September 2019. Questions about the position can be addressed to Elizabeth Marschall (marschall.2@osu.edu).

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment. We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

 

Technician Opportunities 

Technical Position in Fisheries Database Development

Job Description: Up to two full-time technician positions are available to assist on a project that is assembling long-term datasets to support ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management in the North American Great Lakes basin. The incumbent will have three key duties. First, the incumbent will be responsible for helping create a database of physical, chemical, biological, and socioeconomic factors from across the Great Lakes region. To do so, the incumbent will assemble relevant datasets that are obtained from multiple sources, including the Internet, published papers and reports, and then compile, catalog, and organize them in a way that researchers could use. Second, the incumbent will help organize and coordinate a management- and science-based workshop, which will discuss ways to use the database, as well as identify areas for database enhancement. Third, the incumbent will help write project reports. Opportunities to help with data analysis, manuscript writing, and/or student mentorship may exist, depending on the incumbent’s experience.

Location:  Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of technicians, students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

Qualifications:  Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups.  A master’s degree in data analytics, computer science, biology, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is preferred. However, those with a bachelor’s degree and a strong academic background or wealth of related work experience are also encouraged to apply. Experience organizing and manipulating large datasets using Microsoft Excel and at least one other software platform (e.g., R, SAS, Microsoft Access, SQL) is required.

Compensation: $17.33 - $18.55 per hour, depending on experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package. Funding exists for 6 months to 1 year, depending on whether one or two technicians are hired.

Start date: January 2020 is preferred, although exceptions will be made, if needed.

How to apply: Apply online at https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/99840. I also recommend that you email the following materials in a single pdf to Dr. Stuart Ludsin (apps.AEL@gmail.com): 1) a cover letter that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as your career goals; 2) your CV (or resume); 3) unofficial copies of your college/university transcripts; and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. Please place “Database Development” in the subject line of your email.

The application window will close on December 8, 2019.

Contact information: For additional information, visit http://www.ael.osu.edu/ or http://www.ludsinlab.com/, or contact Stuart Ludsin at the above email address.

Click here for a pdf version of the fisheries database techinician job posting.

Volunteer Opportunities

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