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Zooplankton Researcher III

Expiration Date: 


Provides research expertise to fundamental and applied scientific research and develops, designs, and conducts one or more moderately complex research projects to support the advancement of research. Serves as a zooplankton taxonomist for the Lake Superior Research Institute’s Great Waters Research Collaborative program and other projects.

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Bachelor’s degree in biology or closely related field with at least four years of relevant professional research experience 

Experience using microscopy techniques to identify, count, and measure zooplankton


  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in biology or closely related field with at least two years of relevant professional research experience
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing one or more complex research project(s).
  • Author or co-author on one or more peer-reviewed publication(s)
  • Author or co-author on one or more successful grant proposal(s) 
  • Experience working with technical groups, government and public officials, and other stakeholders
  • The successful candidate will be dynamic, energetic, creative, and engaging. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the public liberal arts mission and to quality teaching and learning methods. Willingness and interest in utilizing technology in the classroom strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be committed to the highest ethical standards and demonstrate effective leadership and teamwork skills. Candidates that incorporate issues of inclusive excellence and diversity within their curriculum are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Knowledge and experience with macroinvertebrate biology, aquatic ecology, and aquatic nuisance species
  • Demonstrated experience with experimental design
  • Demonstrated skills in data quality management
  • Experience collecting and analyzing chemical and biological samples
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve successful project outcomes
  • Knowledge of statistical methods and analysis for assessing trends and relationships
  • Experience developing standard operating procedures
  • Experience maintaining laboratory operations
  • Ability to operate and maintain a variety of field equipment including boats, motors, invertebrate sampling equipment, depth finders, GPS units, microscopes, digital cameras, and water quality monitoring instruments.
  • Demonstrated competence in word processing, use of spreadsheets, and relational databases to enter, manipulate, and report data 
  • Demonstrated experience preparing and presenting oral and written reports of project findings to professional audiences
  • Ability to use digital photo-microscopy to image zooplankton
  • Ability and willingness to travel (local, regional, international) and to work occasional weekends and nights
  • Ability to operate a state vehicle per state regulations within 6 months of hire date

STARTING DATE: As soon as possible.

SALARY: UW-Superior offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance coverage for eligible dependents.

$59,700 - $70,000


For additional information visit or contact Roberta Grube at 715-394-8409 or by email at


Review of all complete applications will commence 4:30 PM June 29, 2022. In the event this search is extended for any reason, applications submitted after this date will be considered. Once an applicant applies, profile information remains in UW-Superior’s Talent Management System for future submissions.

Please apply online at UW-Careers and submit your application packet to Include:

  • CV or Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for three (3) Professional References
  • Unofficial Transcripts for all Degrees Earned

Internal applicants: select the internal applicant link. Registration for account not required.

External applicants: select the external applicant link and register for an account:

How to Register for a UW-Careers Account:

  • To register for a UW-Careers account, click on the Click Here to Register link to create your user name and password.
  • Search for the #22-74: Zooplankton Researcher III, LSRI position and click on the Apply Now button to submit a resume.
  • At this time, you will be asked to complete your profile. Please select Save to continue the application process.
  • To submit your letter of application, unofficial transcripts, etc., you must add the document as an attachment by clicking on the Add Attachment link below the Cover Letters and Attachments box.
  • Clicking on the Next link, please complete the required Online Questionnaire.
  • After the Online Questionnaire has been completed, click Next again to provide contact information for three professional references, if required, in the References section by selecting the Add Reference link.
  • Once reference information has been listed, click on Next to complete the How did you find out about the position? section of the application process.
  • Once you have completed all sections, click on the Save button and then Submit button to submit your materials.
  • At any time you may select the Save button to save your progress. When you have submitted your application, ability to change materials submitted will not be available.

If you have questions in regards to the hiring process, please contact Roberta Grube at 715-394-8409 or by email at