Research technician position in freshwater ecology

DESCRIPTION: One full-time position for a research assistant is available in the Aquatic Ecology Lab at The Ohio State University. The Research Technician will work on the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and Ohio Department of Natural ResourcesÃ’Â- Division of Wildlife (ODNR-DOW) funded Lake Erie Plankton Abundance Study (LEPAS). LEPAS has been monitoring phytoplankton and zooplankton in Lake Erie since 1995.The Research TechniciansÃ’Â’ duties will include counting zooplankton samples, analyzing chlorophyll a samples, overseeing undergraduate volunteers/workers (helping with sample buffering, chlorophyll a samples, or counting Bythotrephes samples). The Research Technician will also mentor undergraduate workers and volunteers. Ideally, the Research Technician would also help manage the LEPAS plankton database, prepare data for collaborators, and assist in drafting proposals, annual reports, and proposal budgets.Successful candidates will join a dynamic, interactive group of faculty, post-docs, and students at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL;, in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology ( REQUIREMENTS: BachelorÃ’Â’s Degree in ecology or related field. One year experience in laboratory enumerating invertebrate taxa, preferably zooplankton, and/or conducting ecological research. This experience could include undergraduate or graduate research.SALARY: $17.10 – $22.50/hour plus a comprehensive benefits package. The offer for this position will fall within this range based on internal equity and the candidate’s qualifications.APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications (1. A cover letter describing career goals and relevant experience; 2. a CV or resume; and 3. Contact information for three references), and  can be submitted at The Ohio State University classified site: Please direct questions to Jim Hood ( We will start reviewing applications on February 19th and continue until the position is filled.The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field.  The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.