Student Opportunity Announcements

Graduate Research Assistant



The Great Lakes Center at SUNY Buffalo State seeks
applications for a Graduate Research Assistant position working on the US EPA-funded
Great Lakes long-term benthic monitoring program.  We are looking for a student with interest in
taxonomic identification of benthic
macroinvertebrates from the Great Lakes, to compare existing and develop new
benthic community biological indices for macroinvertebrate bioassessment.
The most preferred qualification is
prior experience in taxonomic identification of benthic invertebrates.
  We also expect the student perform field and
laboratory experiments in order to understand the effect of dreissenids on
nearshore
versus offshore benthic
communities.
  Successful applicant should
have
strong academic standing (preferable GPA over 3.5,
and GRE scores > 80th percentile)
.  Other desirable qualifications include
experience in univariate and multivariate data analysis (including familiarity
with diversity and benthic indices), strong writing, communication and computer
skills, and experience in operating and trailering boats. The successful
candidate will participate in a month-long ship board benthic survey annually
onboard
the EPA R/V Lake Guardian to collect
samples from all of the Great Lakes.
  Full
support (competitive stipend, tuition, and Research Foundation for SUNY health
insurance) is available. Start Date:
  end
of May or early June 2014.
  Duration: 2
years, contingent on official submission of transcripts.



Job Functions/Responsibilities:




  • Taxonomic identification of benthic
    macro-invertebrates in samples collected from the five Great Lakes to the
    lowest possible taxonomic level

  • Employment of existing and development
    of new benthic community biological indices

  • Performing
    field and laboratory experiments in order to understand the effect of
    dreissenids on nearshore versus
    offshore benthic communities

  • Collection of benthic samples during month-long ship board benthic
    surveys annually onboard the EPA R/V Lake Guardian

  • Maintaining records; data entry,
    management and analysis, presentation of results and report writing.



Required Qualifications: Prior experience (preferably at least 1 year) in taxonomic
identification of freshwater benthic invertebrates
to the lowest possible taxonomic level, experience in univariate and multivariate data analysis (including
familiarity with diversity and benthic indices), skills in operating and
trailering boats, and strong writing, communication and computer skills.
  Preferable GPA
over 3.5, GRE >80th percentile.



Educational
Requirements:
BA in Zoology, Ecology, Enthomology, Limnology,
Aquatic Biology, or Aquatic Ecology.



Job
Related Physical Requirements:




  • Ability to lift 50
    lbs.

  • Physical work while
    sampling

  • Sit at a microscope
    for 8 hours or more

  • Ability to work with
    chemicals (e.g. formalin, ethanol)



Travel
Requirements: 




  • Participation in month-long
    benthic surveys annually

  • Travel for additional
    training

  • Field sampling for
    other aquatic research projects, field and laboratory activities

  • Extensive field sampling