Research Associate-Fixed Term

Sep 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

Serve as a scientist in support of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS) project focused on analyses of telemetry data of Lake Sturgeon using the interconnecting waterways between Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Highest priority will be the analysis and publication of acoustic telemetry data.  Direct line supervision will be provided by the GLATOS director within the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU) collaboratively with scientists at the Great Lakes Science Center.

Conduct independent research investigating ecological, behavioral, and reproductive differences of lake sturgeon in the Laurentian Great Lakes.  Integrate research findings into a coherent annual ethogram of Lake Sturgeon behavior in the Great Lakes, focused on the periods including spring spawning, summer feeding, and over wintering.  Communicate research findings and theories through peer-reviewed journals and oral presentations at scientific meetings.  Collect, maintain, and analyze large acoustic telemetry, environmental, and geospatialdata sets.  Familiarity with the structure and operation of a relational database and have the ability to develop a small project database to support analyses.  Make application of the results of scientific research to management of the Laurentian Great Lakes.  Assist with field work of deployment and maintenance of acoustic releases and the tagging of fishes.  Assist with the coordination of research projects among federal provincial, state, and tribal agencies and cooperators at U.S. and Canadian universities.  Communicate management applications through presentations to provincial, state, and tribal fishery managers through oral presentations such as at Lake Committee Meetings and through outreach publications.  Provide support to other GLATOS scientists, including but not limited to statistical analysis, experimental design consultation, and field operations, and other duties as directed.  With the GLATOS director, assist in the development, promotion, and communication fort the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS)

This position is 80% office work, 20% field work. Field work on the Great Lakes and tributaries will require physical capabilities to work for extended periods of time under harsh environmental conditions including extremes in temperature, rain, and snow. 

The office work environment involves normal, everyday risks or discomforts typical of such places and including meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles such as airplanes, trains, or buses.  Field work on lakes will typically be conducted on boats, and on rivers by boat or by wading; harsh environmental conditions are common. Field work will include working at temperatures ranging from approximately 32 to 77 ˚F (0 to 25 ˚C), and at night.   

Required Degree

Doctorate - ecology, behavioral science, fisheries,

Minimum Requirements

Incumbent must have a broad background in behavior, ecology, and aquatic sciences.  Incumbent must have a broad understanding of the reproductive biology, behavior, and ecology of vertebrates, and must be knowledgeable in related other scientific disciplines.  Incumbent must be able to demonstrate the ability to synthesize, integrate, and apply this knowledge toward the resolution of the conservation issues.

Incumbent must have a proven record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and providing oral presentations at international scientific meetings.

Incumbent must have knowledge of standard data management software (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, PostgreSQL) and R (www.r‒, as well as experience in the use of ArcGIS (ESRI Inc.).  Experience with Eonfusion (Myriax SoftwarePty LTD), used to analyze geospatial data preferable.

The incumbent must have, through depth of training, experience and judgment to innovate, develop, and promote lines of coordinated research.  Incumbent must possess verbal and writing skills to communicate research findings to management agencies, and researchers.  Incumbent must have a proven track record of acquiring funding through competitive processes.


Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate would have knowledge about fishery science and biology of fishes, and in specific about lake sturgeon, combined with an extensive knowledge concerning the fisheries of the Great Lakes, the problems impeding their management, and the interests and objectives of agencies that manage the fishery resource. 

The ideal incumbent will have advanced knowledge and experience in the maintenance and use of acoustic telemetry equipment.

Incumbent should have experience in the operation of boats and be knowledgeable in water safety. SCUBA diver certification preferred.


Required Application Materials

Letter of interest  and vita

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2017.

Hammond Bay Biological Station:  Operated by USGS.  Four scientists study fish behavior using acoustic telemetry.  Links;; 


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