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Project Coordinator - Research Scientist position at the Great Lakes Center, SUNY Buffalo State

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Application Deadline: December 15, 2019. Start date: February 2020.

The Great Lakes Center at SUNY Buffalo State invites applications for a Project Coordinator - Research Scientist position funded through the Research Foundation for SUNY, working on the project “Great Lakes Long-term Biological Monitoring Program 2017-2022” funded by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Within this project we analyze large long-term datasets of Great Lakes benthic communities and associated abiotic parameters and conduct extensive underwater video analysis of spatial distribution and changes in quagga and zebra mussel populations. This position involves excellent research opportunities in community, invasion, and aquatic ecology using large-scale data analysis. This project also provides extensive opportunities for collaboration with researchers and managers across the Great Lakes Region.

Educational Requirements: Ph.D., or M.S. with an exceptional publication and data analysis record.

This position involves mandatory field work for 4-6 weeks each June-September on all Great Lakes aboard EPA’s Research Vessel “Lake Guardian” and smaller boats.

Required qualifications: strong scientific writing skills; knowledge of ecological data analysis in R, including large datasets; strong publication record; strong collaborative and organizational skills.

Other desirable qualifications: skills in spatial statistics – GIS analysis and digital mapping; experience in remote sensing and image processing; strong skills in multivariate and nonparametric data analysis; experience in successful grant writing and management.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • statistical data analysis and data management in R
  • manuscript writing, and data presentation at scientific meetings
  • overall grant management for the Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI) benthic surveys sub-project
  • report and grant proposal writing
  • participation in field surveys within the CSMI and Great Lakes Long-Term Biological Monitoring project (4-6 weeks annually)
  • collection, processing and analysis of underwater images (no prior experience required)
  • spatial statistical analysis, including GIS (no prior experience required).

This position includes an excellent benefit package and is grant-supported by the SUNY Buffalo State Sponsored Programs Office/Research Foundation, an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is currently funded for over 2 calendar years (project end 06/30/2022), and further funding is anticipated for another 5-year cycle following the completion of the current funding cycle.

Due to the importance of the project for Great Lakes monitoring this position is not suitable for candidates looking for a short-term employment / postdoctoral experience (e.g. <2-3 years).

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Please provide Cover letter, CV/Resume, and 3 Professional references as a single attachment.

The Great Lakes Center (GLC,, established in 1966, is an institute of researchers and educators at SUNY Buffalo State dedicated to investigating the ecology of the Great Lakes and their tributaries. The GLC mission is to improve the quality of the environment by providing the best possible science to decision-makers concerned with the health and sustainability of resources, with a primary focus within the Great Lakes and their watersheds. The GLC is the only institution in the SUNY system with a field station on the Great Lakes, and a large fleet of research vessels. In addition to 13 full time employees, the GLC actively collaborates with many scientists, state and federal employees within New York State, nationwide, and internationally.