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Research Assistant or Associate, aquatic ecology

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Our research team at Miami University seeks a full-time (with benefits) Research Assistant/Associate to participate in research on watersheds and lakes ( This project examines how long-term changes in ecosystem subsidies, driven by alterations in watershed agriculture, impact the food web and ecosystem of Acton Lake, a eutrophic reservoir in Ohio. PIs include Michael Vanni (, María González (, Bart Grudzinski (, and Nicole Hayes (

Duties include field work, including sampling of streams and lakes and maintenance of automated water samplers and sensors; day-to-day laboratory management; processing of samples for analyses of nutrients, zooplankton and fish; data management; training and supervising undergraduate and graduate students; and assisting with publications. The position is for 1 year and renewable for up to 5 years, pending satisfactory performance.

The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in biology, ecology, environmental science, chemistry, or other natural science; at least 1 year of experience (3 years preferred) in aquatic ecology or related field, including field work. We seek an individual with experience with, or willingness to learn, these skills: field sampling, including trailering and operation of motor boats and sampling for water quality, plankton and fish; laboratory skills, especially those related to water quality analyses and identification of fish and zooplankton; personnel management, including supervision of students and the ability to be a team player; and data management.

Submit cover letter and resume to Direct inquiries about the position to Michael Vanni at Review of applications begins on July 31, 2019 and continues until position is filled.

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