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Freshwater Laboratory Technician Associate

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This is a full-time position, with an appointment for 1-year. The position is available as early as January, 2019.


The successful applicant will work in Dr. Brad Cardinale’s ( freshwater ecology laboratory at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This individual will help manage the lab as well as assist with experiments that focus on the ecological design of algal biofuel systems. Responsibilities will include (1) setting up and maintaining cultures of freshwater organisms, including various species of stream and lake algae and invertebrates that are used in laboratory and field experiments, (2) overseeing employee safety training, as well as lab compliance with University of Michigan requirements for environmental health and safety, (3) ordering and ensuring proper installation, calibration, operation, and maintenance of laboratory and field research supplies and equipment, (4) assisting with the preparation, set-up, maintenance, and collection of data from laboratory and field-based experiments, (5) using of standard methods to perform a variety of limnological analyses ranging from physical and chemical characterization of water samples, to analysis and identification of biological samples of algae and invertebrates, (6) managing project databases and assist with summaries and preliminary analyses of the data.


The Cardinale lab is part of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan was recently ranked 15th on the Times Higher Education’s list of the world’s top 200 universities. Due to its natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, lively downtown landscape, and high quality of living at an affordable price, Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. (see Money’s list of America’s Best Small Cities). For more information about ongoing research in the Cardinale lab, please visit

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must have a B.S. or M.S. in Ecology, Fisheries, Aquaculture, or closely related field. Candidate must be familiar with basic limnological techniques for assessing water quality, measuring algal biomass, and methods of identifying freshwater primary producers. Prior experience working with freshwater algae is preferred.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due by 1/18/2019.