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The candidate will be directly engaged, under scientific supervision, to assist with field and laboratory studies investigating the buoyancy and sinking rates of HABS and other competitive phytoplankton as a function of colony size and growth rates.  Results will be used in our HAB forecasting models and for writing manuscripts. Responsibilities include:

Participate in field and laboratory studies of harmful algal blooms including field sampling, sample processing, and laboratory analyses.

Conduct video-graphic analyses of buoyancy and sinking rates of HABs and competitive phytoplankton as a function of size and growth rates.

Process and analyze current and past experiments results to produce a database that can be incorporated into our HAB forecasting models. 

Assist in processing and preparation of DNA extracts for qPCR analysis.

Assist in the preparation of manuscripts based on the experimental results and CIGLR-GLERL harmful algal bloom monitoring data in Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. 

Required Qualifications*

  • A Baster's Degree in ecology, limnology, oceanography, or aquatic environmental science from an accredited university.
  • 1 to 2 years of experience working in a research laboratory focused on studying harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes.
  • Experience with field work on research vessels in Great Lakes or large bodies of water under various weather conditions.
  • Experience with using in situ water quality instruments.
  • Experience in data analysis using Excel, R, or other statistical packages.
  • Experience with DNA extraction and running qPCR.
  • Strong communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to work both in a team environment and independently. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Master's Degree in ecology, limnology, oceanography, or aquatic environmental science from an accredited university.
  • A strong record of scientific publication and conference participation.
  • Willingness to travel for field work or training.
  • Experience isolating and culturing freshwater cyanobacteria.

Additional Information

The position is a one-year term-limited position, with the possibility of extension based on performance, need and funding. This position will be funded and administered through the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) and will be located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Mission Statement

CIGLR is one of multiple centers affiliated with the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), and one of 16 Cooperative Institutes in the United States that represent partnerships between NOAA and academic institutions. CIGLR's mission is to lead new research, train the next generation of scientists, and turn research into action for safe and healthy Great Lakes communities. SEAS' overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and achieve a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, SEAS is devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.