Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant (M.S.) – University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant (M.S.), University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Agency: University of Wisconsin – Green Bay; Natural and Applied Sciences; Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Laboratory
Graduate Program: Environmental Science and Policy
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Position or Title: Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant (M.S.)
Responsibilities: The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, PIs Dr. Lisa Grubisha and Dr. Patrick Forsythe, are seeking to hire a graduate research/teaching assistant at the M.S. level. The overarching goal of the research project is to conduct a comprehensive microbial survey of the benthic and pelagic habitats of Lower Green Bay and the Fox River. The development of testable hypotheses related to differences in microbial communities among habitats and along the tropic/oxygen gradients observed within the bay will be central to this research. Outcomes of the project can be placed in the context of recently collected benthic macroinvertebrate data and evaluation of Lower Green Bay water quality. The project will have direct application for removal of specific BUIs including Degradation of the Benthos and Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations. Selected graduate students will have the opportunity and will be encouraged to develop other research aspects related to this project.
Qualifications: The selected graduate student must be willing/able to teach introductory laboratory sections of microbiology. Prospective students should be highly motivated and display enormous potential for working with various partners including the Department of Natural Resources and the Fish and Wildlife Service. A B.S. in biology and experience in delineating aquatic microbial communities is essential. Experience with aquatic based field work in inclement conditions and strong analytical/statistical techniques using program R is desired. Experience with basic molecular biology laboratory techniques (e.g., PCR) and familiarity with metagenomic sequencing and analyses are a plus. The best applicants will have experience working with freshwater communities in general, be familiar benthic/pelagic sampling protocols and have and introductory understanding of remote sensing/GIS. Applicants much have strong written and oral communication skills, and a competitive GPA.
Closing Date: 08/10/2020
Start Date: 09/01/2020
Contact: Email cover letter, resume, transcripts, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Lisa Grubisha (firstname.lastname@example.org) mentioning this position in the subject line. In addition to the application materials requested, prospective students are encouraged in their cover letter to indicate how previous experiences have prepared them to achieve the project goals.