Browse below for openings to join our dynamic team! We seek motivated, creative, and hard working candidates to make the AEL a great place to work and learn.


Largemouth Bass Project Technician

Full-time position for technical assistance on a laboratory- and field- based research project focused on understanding life history patterns in Largemouth Bass populations in Ohio reservoirs. This project requires laboratory, field, and computer work. Duties will include assisting with setting up an experimental system for spawning Largemouth Bass, hatching eggs, and raising larvae; care and sampling of fish during the experiment; field collections of larval and juvenile largemouth bass and their prey; laboratory processing of field sample; removing and processing largemouth bass otoliths; data entry; and some data analysis and presentation. 


Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or plan on graduating May 2022 in the biological sciences or a related field. Successful candidates will provide technical assistance in the field, collecting Largemouth Bass, and in the laboratory, raising fish, 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 in rough conditions, have a flexible schedule as required for animal care and field sampling, and be capable of performing standard laboratory procedures. Prior experience raising fish and performing field work is preferred but not required.


Independent Study

The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL) 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 Marschall, or Jim Hood

Work Study

We are looking for qualified students to fill work-study positions at the AEL. 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 have opportunities to participate in lab and field research associated with other ongoing projects. AEL graduate students and faculty are committed to educating Work-Study students in the art of scientific research in a cooperative and supportive work environment. 


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 applicants should check back for postings (usually in late summer or early fall) or reach out to Drs. Stuart LudsinLibby Marschall, or Jim Hood


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