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Stream Ecology Research Assistant

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Stream Ecology Research Assistant at The Ohio State University

DETAILED POSITION DESCRIPTION:  One full-time position for a research assistant is available in the Aquatic Ecology Lab. The Research Assistant will work on a project focused on understanding the role stream and river phosphorus cycles play in shaping nutrient export to Lake Erie. The Research Assistant will work closely with several PhD students assisting with field surveys, laboratory experiments, sample analyses, laboratory maintenance, data analyses, and undergraduate student mentorship. See to learn more about the Hood Lab and to learn more about the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory.


  • 60% Laboratory analyses and experiments: Analysis of soluble and particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus samples; analysis of chlorophyll-a and organic matter samples; maintenance and operation of laboratory equipment (including a Lachat autoanalyzer), spaces, and supplies. The Research Assistant will also perform laboratory measurements quantifying sediment phosphorus cycling.
  • 30% Conducting field surveys and laboratory experiments: The Research Assistant will take part in a large summer survey of streams in northwest Ohio as well as other more routine sampling of streams within the region.
  • 10% Data analysis: Data-related tasks will involve preparation and analysis of existing stream metabolism and phosphorus cycling datasets. Depending on experience and interest, the position will allow for involvement in analyses and potentially manuscript writing.

EXPERIENCE:  Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field (ecology, natural resources, fisheries). Further education and/or experience is preferred. Candidate must be self-motivated, willing to work both independently and in a team setting. Preferred qualifications include: a) training and interest in aquatic ecology; b) experience with laboratory analysis of soluble (NH4, NO3, and SRP) and particulate nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) samples with an autoanalyzer; c) experience with the R statistical computing environment and an introductory-level understanding of statistics; d) prior field and laboratory experience.

SALARY: ~$15/hour, depending upon experience. This is a one-year position that may be extended depending upon performance and funding availability.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications can be submitted through this posting at The Ohio State University classified site. Please direct questions to Jim Hood ( and or Devan Mathie (Ph.D. student leading project; We will start reviewing applications on 17 Feb 2021 and continue until the position is filled.