Fisheries Technician

Background: We seek a motivated individual to play a pivotal role in a study to examine dynamics of larval coregonids in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior. The project will track larval cohorts of cisco and other coregonids from early spring to late summer to compare temporal dynamics within this region to spatial dynamics across all of Lake Superior. This is a great opportunity for recently graduated university students to develop and improve their research and professional skills or recent MSc students to apply their skills and knowledge.

Location: USGS Lake Superior Biological Station, Ashland, Wisconsin (~4 months) and Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont (~8 months)

Responsibilities: Successful applicant will lead (1) field efforts to collect larval fish and limnological samples in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior; (2) laboratory processing of samples; (3) data compilation and analyses; and (4) manuscript preparation.

Qualifications: At a minimum, a BS in biology, fisheries, limnology, or related field. Competitive applicants will have knowledge of safe and efficient boat operations, demonstrated field and laboratory skills in fisheries and limnology, experience with data analyses and scientific writing, and demonstrated aptitude for organization. An ideal candidate would have prior experience with boat operations on large aquatic systems, demonstrated ability to work under harsh environmental conditions, leadership experience with field crews, and programming experience (e.g., R, Python). Department of Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOOC) training will be provided if the incumbent is not previously certified.

Salary: $14/hr plus benefits

Closing date: December 22, 2017

Start date: March 19, 2018

Duration: 12 months full-time, with potential for extension to 18 months pending funding

Apply: Submit cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references in a single PDF document to Dr. Jason Stockwell.

Post-Doc in Aquatic Food Web Modeling

Location: Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, University of Vermont

Responsibilities: Successful applicant will (1) conduct research on the Lake Champlain food web using long-term historical and current datasets, including empirical analyses and food web modeling, and (2) teach a lecture/lab course in Fisheries Biology and Techniques during the fall 2018 semester. 

Qualifications: PhD in biology, fisheries, limnology, or related field. Competitive applicants will have strong mathematical and computer skills, a background in fisheries, aquatic ecology, limnology or equivalent field, a demonstrated aptitude for organization, teaching experience, and the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds in a team environment. An ideal candidate would have prior experience with food-web models (e.g., Ecopath), programming experience (e.g., R or Python), and teaching experience in the classroom and in the field.

Salary: $49,000/yr plus benefits for 2 years

Closing date: December 22, 2017

Start date:  Winter/Spring 2018

Duration: Two years full-time

Apply: Submit cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references in a single PDF document to Drs. Ellen Marsden (ellen.marsden@uvm.edu) and Jason Stockwell (jason.stockwell@uvm.edu)