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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Student Asst. Postion Available in Aquatic & Community Ecology at E.S. George Reserve...

Friday, May 1, 2015
12:00 AM
Edwin S. George Reserve, Pinckney, MI

Student Assistant Position in Aquatic and Community Ecology at U of M’s Edwin S. George Reserve in Pinckney, Michigan

We seek a student who would like to gain technical skills and training related to biological, environmental, and ecological research as a full time research assistant in the summer of 2015. Our broader research objectives include using a fishzooplankton model system to examine how predators "scare" prey, and how associated changes in prey behavior affect community dynamics and the overall ecosystem. This research has applications to aquatic habitat management biodiversity, and invasive species, among others. Research entails field surveys of zooplankton and other lake parameters, collection of fish and zooplankton for experiments, assistance conducting mesocosm experiments, lab upkeep, and zooplankton identification via microscopy.

We seek a student who has good attention to detail and enthusiasm for aquatic habits and/or ecology, and who would like to gain laboratory and field experience to help further his/her career.

The work will be conducted at U of M’s Edwin S. George Reserve in Pinckney, Michigan (http://sitemaker.umich.edu/esgr/home). Free housing is provided at the reserve. In addition to our lab group (currently 2 graduate students and 1 undergraduate assistant), the reserve is used for a variety of other research projects which makes it an exciting and engaging place to live and work.

Applications will be evaluated as they arrive.
Pay: $8-10/hr, depending on experience. Free housing.
Start date: May or June 2015

If you are interested in the position, please send to Dr. Peacor (peacor@msu.edu) and Alexandra Rafalski (rafalsk2@msu.edu) the following:
1) A brief cover letter with a statement of purpose. What are your career goals?
Describe your qualifications for the position. How do you anticipate benefitting from the position? When are you available to start? Etc.
2) A CV or resume, which includes past research experience if any, and anything (e.g. hobbies) that would show experience or interest in aquatic research or experimental research (e.g. bicycle or car repair, fish aquarium upkeep, fishing, database use, etc).
3) Please put "student position" in the subject line.

If you are not sure if you are interested but have some questions first about the position, please send inquiries to Dr. Peacor (peacor@msu.edu). Please include a CV or resume with your inquiry. Please put "student position" in the subject line.