Technician Position in Aquatic Ecology – Predator-Prey

Technical Position in Aquatic Ecology

Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Drs. Michael Fraker ( and Stuart Ludsin (<>) are seeking a full-time technician to assist on a project designed to better understand how prey integrate phenotypically-plastic antipredator defenses (behavior, morphology) over their development. The responsibilities of the technician would include: 1) measuring and imaging tadpoles; 2) analyzing behavioral data on tadpoles and their predators; 3) conducting measurements of physiological condition; 4) assisting with laboratory and outdoor mesocosm experiments; and 5) data entry. Opportunities will exist to help with data analysis, manuscript writing, and/or student mentorship, depending on experience.

Location:  Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of technicians, students, post-docs, and faculty at The Ohio State University’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory ( within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (

Qualifications:  Successful applicants will be creative, motivated, and capable of working effectively both independently and in collaborative groups.  A master’s degree in biology, ecology, general aquatic sciences, or a related field is preferred. However, those with a bachelor’s degree and a strong academic background or wealth of related work experience are also encouraged to apply. Experience working with amphibians is useful, but not required.

Compensation: $12-14 per hour, depending on experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package. Funding exists for one year, with the possibility of extension for a second year following successful completion of a one-year probationary period.

Start date: April-May 2017 is ideal, although exceptions will be made, if needed.

How to apply: Please submit the following materials to Dr. Michael Fraker (<>): 1) a cover letter that briefly describes your educational and research background, as well as describes your research interests/career goals; 2) your curriculum vitae (or resume); 3) an unofficial copy of your college/university transcripts; and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. Please place “Predator-Prey Project” in the subject line.

The application window will close on April 10, 2017, although we will begin the application review process immediately.

Contact information: For additional information, visit or contact Michael Fraker at the above email address.