Position Announcements

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE POSITION IN FISHERIES ECOLOGY

Description: Drs. Joseph D. Conroy (Ohio
DNR-Division of Wildlife, ODNR-DOW), Richard D. Zweifel (ODNR-DOW), and Stuart
A. Ludsin and nbsp;(Ohio State University-Aquatic
Ecology Laboratory, OSU-AEL) seek to hire a Research Associate to manage and
coordinate a research project. The incumbent would use a spatially-explicit,
bioenergetics-based modeling approach to characterize habitat quality for
several popular sportfishes (including, but not limited to, largemouth bass,
walleye, saugeye, hybrid striped bass) in Ohio reservoirs that vary in terms of
temperature, dissolved oxygen availability, prey availability, and ecosystem
productivity. Model output will be used to assess the capacity of Ohio
reservoirs to support multiple predators, which in turn can guide stocking and
harvest.



The Research Associate’s primary
responsibilities will include: 1)
developing spatially explicit models of reservoir habitat quality for
sportfishes, using existing data collected by the ODNR-DOW during the past
decade; 2) coordinating day-to-day
project activities and meetings; and 3)
helping generate peer-reviewed scientific articles, professional society
presentations, and internal reports. While this project is primarily a computer
modeling effort, opportunities to collect data in the field to calibrate and
test model predictions are expected to emerge. Opportunities to help in the
field on other projects also will exist.



Location: The
incumbent would join an experienced fisheries research group at the ODNR-DOW’s
Inland Fisheries Research Unit (located in Hebron, OH), but also have ample
opportunity to interact with faculty, post-docs, and students at the OSU-AEL (www.ael.osu.edu/; located in Columbus).



Qualifications: The
successful applicant must be creative, motivated, and capable of working well
both independently and cooperatively with ODNR-DOW and OSU-AEL staff/personnel.
Minimum qualifications include a M.S. degree in the fisheries, aquatic
sciences, biological sciences, or a related field. Strong quantitative and
communication skills are required. While not required, ideal candidates will
have ecological modeling experience and some knowledge of fisheries acoustics, Geographic
Information Systems, and statistical analysis.



Compensation:
$29,536 - $34,590, depending on experience, and a very strong benefits package
through OSU.



How to apply: Electronically submit a cover
letter, CV, and names/contact information of three (3) references to Joe Conroy
at joseph.conroy@dnr.state.oh.us (please put “Research Associate” somewhere in the subject line).
Application review will begin on June 1 and will continue until a suitable
candidate is found. An ideal start date would be summer 2014, with funding available
to begin on July 1 2014. Feel free to direct questions to Dr. Conroy. and nbsp;