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CIGLR seeks two candidates for this position announcement that would be performing similar but independent duties. The position is a one-year term-limited position, with the possibility of extension based on performance, need and funding. This position will be funded and administered through the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) and will be located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The candidate will be directly engaged, under scientific supervision, to assist with field and laboratory studies investigating the environmental drivers of harmful algal bloom growth and toxin production, and composing manuscripts on results.
Participate in field and laboratory studies of harmful algal blooms including field sampling, sample processing, and laboratory analyses.
Laboratory analyses to include chlorophyll, phycocyanin, particulate and dissolved microcystin, particulate and dissolved carbon, and nutrients.
Help maintain cultures of Great Lakes algae for use in laboratory experiments.
Assist in field and laboratory studies to examine overwintering populations of cyanobacteria in the Great Lakes.
Perform microscopic analysis of phytoplankton samples using microscopy or automated Flow Cam procedures.
Assist in processing and preparation of DNA extracts for qPCR analysis.
Maintain datasets and perform routine analysis of HABs/water quality monitoring data, incorporating data from in situ monitoring buoys.
Compose manuscripts based on the results of CIGLR-GLERL harmful algal bloom monitoring data in Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron.
A Master’s Degree in molecular ecology, limnology, oceanography, or aquatic environmental science from an accredited university.
1 to 2 years of experience working in a research laboratory focused on studying harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes.
Experience with field work on research vessels in Great Lakes or large bodies of water under various weather conditions.
Experience with water quality measurement instruments.
Experience in data analysis using Excel, R, or other statistical packages.
Experience with DNA extraction and running qPCR.
Experience isolating and culturing freshwater cyanobacteria.
Experience analyzing water samples for photosynthetic pigments and nutrients.
Strong communication skills, including report or manuscript preparation, team interactions, and participation at scientific conferences.
A demonstrated ability to work both in a team environment and independently.
A strongrecord of scientific publication and conference participation.
Willingness to travel for field work or training.
CIGLR is one of multiple centers affiliated with the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), and one of 16 Cooperative Institutes in the United States that represent partnerships between NOAA and academic institutions. CIGLR’s mission is to lead new research, train the next generation of scientists, and turn research into action for safe and healthy Great Lakes communities. SEAS’ overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and achieve a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, SEAS is devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For..." survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.