Prospective students ...
All new opportunities for joining the lab will be posted here.
We aim to recruit highly motivated, intelligent, and well-credentialed students who are interested in fish behavior, ecology, and conservation, and who are dedicated to careers either in the fundamental sciences or the application of scientific knowledge in human decision-making processes.
Current opportunities ...
We are currently seeking four (4) full-time (40 h per week) temporary (May-Aug) research technicians to assist with several research projects related to the behavioral ecology of invasive sea lamprey during their annual migration into Michigan streams. Projects in 2020 are focused on: (a) understanding how a chemical alarm cue (perceived predation risk) affects habitat selection, movement ecology, and mating behavior; (b) discovering the chemical identity of the alarm cue; and (c) understanding how behavioral habituation affects responses to the alarm cue. Our work is dually focused on creating new, high quality science that tests fundamental hypotheses about animal behavior AND creating novel means to control the invasive population of sea lamprey in the Great Lakes.
Research technicians will be engaged in running behavioral experiments in rivers and laboratory raceways, building and installing telemetry systems (PIT and acoustic), surgically implanting telemetry tags, maintaining sensitive lab and field equipment, data collection and analysis, fish husbandry, and preparation of chemical stimuli. Our studies often take place overnight, as the species is nocturnal. Technicians will also have opportunities to interact with Federal (US and Canada) agency partners, stakeholders, and local residents. Technicians will be working from the MSU East Lansing campus or the USGS Hammond Bay Biological Station (HBBS) on the shore of Lake Huron. Housing will be provided for projects based at HBBS, with transportation to field sites provided in laboratory vehicles. Hourly wage is $12.
How to apply: In a single PDF, please provide a brief cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the position, and an up-to-date CV. Please make sure to include: 1) your name; 2) a permanent mailing address; 3) telephone number; 4) email address; 5) date of birth; 6) education, including descriptions of relevant classes; 7) work or volunteer experience related to the job role; and 8) up to three references with contact information.
Email your application packet and any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application review will begin on 29 February and continue until all positions are filled.
We are always looking for fellowship-worthy Ph. D. students interested in working on either (1) movement ecology of sea lamprey via acoustic telemetry, (2) selective fish passage design and fish behavior in and near fish passage devices, or (3) mercury transfer in stream ecosystems, from migrating fishes into the lower levels of the food web. Fellowships are highly competitive and generally require a M.S. or M.A. degree, GPA > 3.7, and GRE scores in the top 10-15%. We are also very interested in historically-underrepresented groups for these positions. Please contact us if you believe you are qualified.