Back to top

Biogeochemistry Laboratory Analyst - University of Michigan - CIGLR

Jobs Available
Expiration Date: 

Job Summary
The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a candidate to join a research team working on harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, and invasive species in the Great Lakes. The Biogeochemistry Laboratory Analyst will be responsible for performing laboratory analyses related to aquatic biogeochemistry in the Great Lakes and their watersheds. Routine analytical methods assigned to the candidate will include determination of inorganic nutrients, carbon, heavy metals, algal pigments, biomass of the lower food web, and metabolic rates.

The successful applicant’s appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region. The candidate will spend the majority of their time at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) in Ann Arbor.

The University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the top American public research universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown.

This grant-funded position offers a highly competitive salary plus full benefits. The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for extension based on performance, need, and availability of funds.


  • Conducting laboratory analyses, performing quality control measures, and assisting with development of new analytical methods as directed
  • Maintaining datasets, laboratory records, sample inventories, and standard operating procedures
  • Sampling aboard research vessels and preparing for cruises
  • Analyzing and presenting data

Required Qualifications
B.S. degree in an area of environmental science with upper-level coursework in aquatic sciences. Two years of work experience in the laboratory or field measuring routine water quality parameters (chemical and biological) by spectrophotometry and/or fluorometry. Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to manage and prioritize workload with continual attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and interact effectively with faculty, students and peers. Familiarity with data management and analysis using standard products such as Excel, PowerPoint, and R. The candidate will be expected to exhibit the analytical skills to work independently and to report results in a timely manner.

Desired Qualifications
Master's degree in some area of environmental science with an emphasis in aquatic ecology, limnology, oceanography, or biogeochemistry. Two or more years of experience working in a research laboratory with at least one year of experience performing analytical chemistry related to water quality or biogeochemistry. Demonstrated experience developing, adapting, or troubleshooting analytical methods for biogeochemistry or water quality.

To apply

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