Post-Doc in Lake Food Web Ecology

Responsibilities: Successful applicant will conduct research on the Lake Champlain food web, including the application of stable isotopes and other biomarkers, to evaluate the potential impacts of looming invasive species (e.g., quagga mussels, round gobies) on food web dynamics with an emphasis on the forage fish community.

Qualifications: Competitive applicants will have experience working with biomarkers (especially stable isotopes), a background in fisheries, aquatic ecology, limnology or equivalent field, a demonstrated aptitude for organization, and the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds in a team environment. An ideal candidate would have prior experience sampling in large lakes with a variety of fish and limnology sampling gears, working with food-web models, and programming experience (e.g., R or Python).

Period of Work: Two years fully funded, starting in winter/spring 2019. Position is based out of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory at the University of Vermont.

Eligibility: PhD must be completed prior to start of post-doc.

Salary: $49,000 USD per year plus benefits.

To Apply: Submit cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references in a single PDF document to Professors Ellen Marsden ( and Jason Stockwell ( Review of applications begins September 30.

Undergraduate Limnology Research Position

Responsibilities: Successful applicant will conduct research on the ecology of zooplankton in lakes.  The student will be a member of a diverse team of scientists from around the northeastern U.S. and possibly the world. The project will examine the distribution of zooplankton during the day and at night, among lakes with varying levels of oxygen. The student will identify, enumerate, and measure zooplankton using a dissecting microscope, potentially collect samples this fall and most likely next summer, and contribute to data analysis, results interpretation, and writing.

Qualifications: Competitive applicants will be: responsible, mature, detail-oriented, organized, a good listener, and a self-starter. Curiosity is very important. No experience is required. We will train as necessary.  

Period of Work: 5-10 hrs per week during academic year 2018-2019, with potential for full-time work in summer 2019 and continuation of research into academic year 2019-2020.

Eligibility: University of Vermont undergraduates in their first, second, or third year of study.

To Apply: Submit (1) a one-page resume, (2) names and contact of information of two references who can speak to your qualifications as listed above, (3) a paragraph stating why you are interested in the position, and (4) a paragraph on how the position fits into your current career plans to Dr. Jonathan Doubek ( Review of applications begins September 5.