Food Web Laboratory Analyst – University of Michigan, CIGLR

*Job Opening: Food Web Laboratory Analyst*

*Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research*

*University of Michigan*

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a

candidate to join a research team working on food web ecology in the Great

Lakes. The Food Web Laboratory Analyst will be responsible for performing

field sampling and laboratory analyses related to zooplankton, larval fish

and Mysis ecology in the Great Lakes. Routine tasks assigned to the

candidate will include: (1) assisting aboard research cruises (net tows,

sample processing), (2) sorting organisms within samples, (3) performing

quantification and identification of zooplankton, mussel veligers, and

larval fish; and (4) processing fisheries acoustics data.

The successful applicant’s appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of

the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability

located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR is a collaboration between the

University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia

and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great

Lakes region. The candidate will spend the majority of their time at NOAA’s

Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) in Ann Arbor.  The

University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the top American public

research universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best

places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural beauty,

preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown.

This grant-funded position offers a highly competitive salary plus full

benefits. The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for

extension based on performance, need, and availability of funds.


   – Execute day-to-day laboratory operations including sorting,

   identification, enumeration, and measurement of zooplankton and larval fish.

   – Maintaining datasets, laboratory records, sample inventories, and

   standard operating procedures

   – Participate as a team member on multi-day cruises to conduct surveys

   on the Great Lakes

   – Help organize and analyze data from field collections,

   instrumentation, and laboratory analyses

*Required Qualifications*

   – A Bachelor’s Degree in ecology, limnology, oceanography, or aquatic

   environmental science from an accredited university

   – Experience processing and analyzing zooplankton and/or larval fish

   samples, and fisheries acoustics data, in a laboratory setting

   – Experience conducting field-intensive research

   – High attention to detail and the ability to focus on exacting tasks

   – A demonstrated ability to work both in a team environment and


   – Strong communication skills

*Desired Qualifications *

   – One or more years of experience working in an environmental research


   – Experience in the digital signal processing of fisheries acoustics

   data using Echoview software

   – Experience working on research vessels in large bodies of water under

   various weather conditions.

   – Experience with identification of zooplankton and fishes in the Great


   – Experience working with relational databases to organize results and R

   for data visualization and analysis

*To Apply*

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   – Application deadline: 2/20/20

*The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action