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Research Assistant - Rivers

One full-time research assistant position is available in the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory at The Ohio State University. This position is funded for at least one year. The research assistant will work with Devan Mathie in the Hood Lab on a project examining the role of river phosphorus cycles in shaping phosphorus export to western Lake Erie. This position will require extensive field work involving measurements of primary production, respiration, and phosphorus cycling in the streams and rivers of northwestern Ohio. This position will also involve analyses of samples for soluble and particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus, data entry, and regular laboratory maintenance. Depending upon the candidate’s skills and interests, there may also be opportunities to become involved in data analyses and make other contributions to this project.

Specific duties include:

  • Preparing for and assisting with field work

  • Assisting with laboratory and field experiments

  • Conducting nutrient and biological sample analyses

  • Lab supply and equipment ordering, maintenance, and organization

  • Training and supervising undergraduates

  • Data entry and analysis

Qualifications

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field (ecology, natural resources, fisheries). Further education and/or experience is preferred. Candidate must be self-motivated, willing to work both independently and in a team setting.

Preferred qualifications include: a) training and interest in aquatic ecology; b) experience with laboratory analysis of soluble (NH4, NO3, and SRP) and particulate nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) samples with an autoanalyzer; c) experience with the R statistical computing environment and an introductory-level understanding of statistics; d) prior field and laboratory experience.

How to Apply

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Research Assistant - Lake Erie

One full-time, research assistant position is available in the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory at The Ohio State University. This position is funded for 6 months. The research assistant will work with Lyndsie Collis in the Hood Lab on a project examining the influence of zooplankton on nutrient cycling in western Lake Erie. The assistant’s duties will consist of assisting with field surveys on Lake Erie, laboratory experiments, analyses of biological and chemical samples, and regular laboratory maintenance. Depending upon the candidate’s skills and interests, there may also be opportunities to become involved in data analyses and make other contributions to this project.

Specific duties include:

  • Preparing for and assisting with field work

  • Assisting with laboratory and field experiments

  • Conducting nutrient and biological sample analyses

  • Lab supply and equipment ordering, maintenance, and organization

  • Training and supervising undergraduates

  • Data entry and analysis

Qualifications

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field (ecology, natural resources, fisheries). Further education and/or experience is preferred. Candidate must be self-motivated, willing to work both independently and in a team setting.

Preferred qualifications include: a) training and interest in aquatic ecology; b) experience with laboratory analysis of soluble (NH4, NO3, and SRP) and particulate nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) samples with an autoanalyzer; c) experience with the R statistical computing environment and an introductory-level understanding of statistics; d) prior field and laboratory experience.

How to Apply

Find more information and application procedures here.

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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. 

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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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