Opportunities

Opportunities Available

2015-2016 AEL

Research Assistant (graduate student) Positions
Postdoctoral Positions
Undergraduate Opportunities
Technician/Seasonal Opportunities (new!)


Research Assistant/Graduate Student Positions

3 positions are currently available

MS Position in Fisheries Ecology (1 of 3)

PDF icon OSU-AEL MS position-Alum Creek (Marschall) 2016.pdf

Dr. Elizabeth Marschall has an opening for a master’s student to begin during fall 2016. The student will develop a thesis project focusing on either 1) coexistence, through spatial and temporal habitat partitioning, of three top predators in Ohio reservoirs or 2) the movement ecology of these same three top predator species. The research will take advantage of a partnership and collaboration with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DOW) in which multiple species of top predators will be tagged with PIT (passive integrated transponder) tags and acoustic tags. PIT tags will be used to monitor movement out of the reservoirs and acoustic tags will be used to monitor movement, habitat locations, and mortality within the reservoir. 

Location:  Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL; http://ael.osu.edu/) within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB; http://eeob.osu.edu/).  
 
Qualifications:  Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups.  A B.S. degree in biology, ecology, or a related field is required.   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 desired).   
Start date: Fall 2016.
 
How to apply: Application instructions can be found at http://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions. The published deadline is December 1, but applications for this position can be submitted online until December 31, 2015. You must apply through the university’s online application site to be considered for this position. 
 
Concomitant with your online application submission, please email your: 1) statement of purpose and research interests that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as describes your research interests/goals; 2) your 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 to apps.AEL@gmail.com. (Sending these documents by email does not constitute official application.) 
Review of applications will begin immediately.
 

PhD in Fisheries Ecology (2 of 3):

PDF icon 2016 OSU-AEL PhD position - ODNR-DOW Walleye (Ludsin-Marschall).pdf

Drs. Elizabeth Marschall and Stuart Ludsin have an opening for a Ph.D. student to begin during spring, summer, or fall 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 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 biology, ecology, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is required; those with a bachelor’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: ~$2,342/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: Spring, summer, or fall 2016.
 
How to apply: Application instructions can be found at http://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions. The published deadline is December 1, but applications for this position can be submitted online until December 31, 2015. You must apply through OSU’s online application site to be considered for this position. 
 
Concomitant with your online application submission, please email to apps.ael@gmail.com your: 1) statement of purpose and research interests that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as describes your research interests/goals; 2) your curriculum vitae (or resume) that also includes your GRE scores (raw and percentages) and (if applicable) TOEFL/TSE scores; 3) an unofficial copy of your transcripts; and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. (Sending these documents by email does not constitute official application.) Please place “ODNR-DOW Walleye Project” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. 
 
Contact information: For additional information, visit http://www.ael.osu.edu/ or contact Dr. Ludsin or Dr. Marschall at the above email addresses. 
 

PhD Position in Fisheries Ecology (3 of 3):

 
Dr. Stuart Ludsin has an opening for a Ph.D. student to begin during fall 2016. The student would work on a modeling project designed to better understand how climate and land-use change can affect walleye (Sander vitreus) habitat quality and distribution across Lake Erie. 
 
Project description: Lake Erie is experiencing rapid ecosystem change. Owing to the combined effects of climate change and intensive agriculture in its watersheds, Lake Erie now is warmer, has a longer growing season, and receives more bioavailable nonpoint source phosphorus (NPS-P) relative to the past. These changes underlie Lake Erie’s recent re-eutrophication and likely are altering the quality of habitat available for walleye, Lake Erie’s top predator. With monetary support from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, this project will test multiple hypotheses concerning how human-driven change has affected walleye distributions and recruitment across the lake by altering the availability of quality habitat for larvae, juveniles, and adults. Linked watershed-hydrology, lake circulation, water quality, and walleye bioenergetics models will be combined with historical datasets to help Lake Erie agencies better understand the drivers of walleye recruitment and distributions, both past and present, and also assess what the future might hold for this species under expected climate and NPS-P control scenarios. 
 
Responsibilities: The successful candidate would work with a team of ecosystem modelers, aquatic ecologists, and fishery biologists to 1) develop predictive relationships between lake habitat quality and walleye distributions (e.g., spatially explicit fishery-independent and fishery-dependent catch rates), and 2) use these predictive relationships and output from the linked physical and biological models to hindcast and forecast habitat quality and walleye distributions across Lake Erie under observed (1995-2015) and anticipated (2016-2046) climate and land-use management scenarios. 
 
Location: The incumbent will join a dynamic, interactive group of students, post-docs, and faculty at the 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 biology, ecology, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is required; those with a bachelor’s degree and an exceptional track record of research or related work experience also are encouraged to apply. Strong writing and quantitative skills are essential. Modeling and programming skills would be beneficial.
 
Stipend: ~$2,342/month plus full tuition waiver and health benefits. Graduate Research Associates (GRA) support exists for the degree duration, with opportunities to teach (if desired).  
 
Start date: Fall 2016.
 
How to apply: Application instructions can be found at http://eeob.osu.edu/grad/program-admissions. The published deadline is December 1, but applications for this position can be submitted online until December 31, 2015. You must apply through OSU’s online application site to be considered for this position. 
 
Concomitant with your online application submission, please email to apps.AEL@gmail.com your: 1) statement of purpose and research interests that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as describes your research interests/goals; 2) your curriculum vitae (or resume) that also includes your GRE scores (raw and percentages) and (if applicable) TOEFL/TSE scores; 3) an unofficial copy of your transcripts; and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. (Sending these documents by email does not constitute official application.) Please place “GLFC Walleye Project” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately. 
 
Contact information: For additional information, visit www.ludsinlab.com/ or contact me at ludsin.1@osu.edu.
 

 

Postdoctoral Scientist Positions

No positions are currently being advertised.
 

 

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.
 
Requirements:
Federal Work-Study support (call 614.292.0300 for information)
A course in biology
An interest in aquatic ecology
Contact: Kim Winslow (winslow.52@osu.edu) at 614.688.2269

 

Technical/Seasonal Positions

4 positions are currently being advertised (across two advertisements)

Two Technical Positions in Aquatic Ecology
The Ohio State University
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Columbus, Ohio 
 
Responsibilities: Two positions are available to provide technical assistance on a field- and laboratory-based research project exploring the impact of temperature on Lake Erie walleye recruitment, mainly in terms of altered food quality. Duties will include extensive field sampling for phytoplankton, zooplankton, and larval walleye, during March through May. Additional field opportunities may be available for a project assessing the macroinvertebrate, Chaoborus, in Ohio reservoirs. Laboratory and computer work (e.g., zooplankton and larval fish identification, data entry) will occur when not in the field. Although field work will occur on Lake Erie and across Ohio reservoirs, the incumbents will be expected to live in or near Columbus, OH.
 
Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree or be a currently enrolled student in biological sciences or a related field. Candidates with strong academic records are preferred, and candidates must be self-motivated and able to work with a variety of people. Successful applicants must be able to lift 50+ lbs, be comfortable working on a boat (sometimes in rough and cold conditions), and be flexible enough to spend extended periods (multiple days) at research sites on Lake Erie. The incumbents must be willing to use a microscope for extended periods, and be capable of preserving samples in ethanol and formalin. Prior field experience is preferred, but not mandatory. 
 
Salary: $10.00 – $13.00/hour, depending on experience 
 
Closing: Application review will begin immediately, but will continue until suitable applicants are found. Each position will last at least 3-6 months, depending on availability, with an ideal start date during early to mid-March.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, (unofficial) college transcripts, and names/contact information for three references via email, fax, or mail. Address applications and further inquiries to Kim Winslow (apps.AEL@gmail.com; the subject line of any email communication regarding this job ad should include AEL Technical Positions; phone: 614-688-2269; FAX: 614-292-0181). See http://www.ael.osu.edu/ to learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory.
 
 
Two Technical Positions in Aquatic Ecology - Ohio Reservoirs
The Ohio State University
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Columbus, Ohio
 
Job Description: Two full-time positions are available for technical assistance on a field- and laboratory- based research project assessing the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife channel catfish stocking program in Ohio reservoirs. This project requires extensive field sampling in June for adult channel catfish and in autumn (September-November) for juvenile channel catfish and predators.  Laboratory and computer work (e.g., otolith preparation, data entry) will occur when not in the field. One of the two incumbents will serve as the head technician of the project, which (depending on experience) will allow for involvement in data analysis, manuscript writing, and student mentorship.
 
Qualifications: A Master’s degree is preferred, particularly for the head technician role, but not required. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or plan on graduating this May in the biological sciences or a related field. Successful candidates will provide technical assistance in the field, sampling channel catfish in Ohio reservoirs, and in the laboratory, processing samples and entering data. Candidates with strong academic backgrounds are preferred, and candidates must be self-motivated and able to work with a variety of people. Successful candidates must have a background or interest in fish ecology, be able to conduct field sampling from a boat in rough conditions, be flexible enough to spend long days and/or nights sampling, and be willing and capable of performing standard laboratory procedures. Prior field experience is preferred but not required. 
 
Salary: $10.00 - $13.00/hour, depending on experience.
 
Closing: Applications are due March 18, 2016 but application review will begin immediately. Positions will last 6 months to one year (with possible extension), depending on your availability, with an ideal start date between April 1 - May 1.
 
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, (unofficial) college transcripts, and names/contact information for three references via email. Address applications and further inquiries to Cory Becher (becher.23@osu.edu; phone: 614-292-1613). Please include your interest in the head technician role in your email. See http://www.ael.osu.edu/ to learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory.
 

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