Freshwater Research Initiative Research Scientist

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Freshwater Research Initiative Research Scientist
Susquehanna University

About Susquehanna
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,200 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna's unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University's 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit

Position Summary
The Freshwater Research Initiative (FRI) Research Scientist contributes to the mission of the FRI by conducting field- and laboratory-based aquatic ecology research related to the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, collaborating with internal and external personnel, teaching at the undergraduate level, mentoring undergraduate research, and supporting student academic and post-graduate training and success. This is a 12-month position that extends through August 31, 2020, with subsequent appointment contingent upon external funding, satisfactory performance and the needs of the University.
Specific Responsibilities

  • Conduct and disseminate collaborative aquatic ecology research in areas supporting the mission of the FRI.
    oBuild and maintain collaborative research relationships with governmental entities, non-profit groups, and other universities.
    oCollaborate with the Chesapeake Conservancy Technical Coordinator on joint projects.
    oMaintain compliance with state and federal sampling protocols to ensure data integrity.
    oDevelop and execute collaborative aquatic ecology research projects with Ecology, Biology, and/or Earth and Environmental Sciences majors.
  • Teach and mentor undergraduate students.
    oTeach 2-4 semester hours per academic year in Ecology, Biology, or Earth and Environmental Sciences. Preferred courses include Invertebrate Zoology, Aquatic Entomology, Biostatistics, Geographic Information Systems, or related.
    oSupervise 1-2 research students (Ecology, Biology, and/or Earth and Environmental Sciences majors) per academic year to fulfill the senior research requirement, and fulfill all departmental responsibilities associated with this role.
    oIn collaboration with the Program Director, conduct collaborative aquatic ecology research with students during the summer months.
    oSupervise students in paid and unpaid internship positions as needed.
  • In cooperation with the Director of Grants and Foundation Relations, the CEER Director, and the Program Director, obtain external funding to support FRI operations.
    oManage funding for contracts and collaborations with external entities.
    oManage research data and write scientific reports to fulfill grant and contract obligations.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the FRI, the School of Arts and Sciences and the University by performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

    Required Qualifications
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    Knowledge: This position requires a broad knowledge of freshwater ecology in the eastern United States with specific expertise in benthic macroinvertebrate identification in stream and/or riverine systems. Areas of additional preferred expertise include water quality, agricultural impairments, and aquatic community structures.
    Skills: Certification by the Society for Freshwater Science in Eastern Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera is required or expected to be completed by time of hire. Certification for at least one other BMI group (Arthropods East, Chironomidae, Oligochaeta) is preferred. Skill in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is required.
    Abilities: This position requires the ability to work with the Program Director to collaborate with academic institutions, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, faculty, staff, and students. The demonstrated ability to teach and mentor at the undergraduate level is required. The ability to oversee routine facility and equipment management and train and supervise students is required. This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    Master's Degree in freshwater ecology or a related field is required.
    Experience as a freshwater invertebrate ecologist with a strong background in data collection methods, analysis and statistics, and a familiarity with related software is required. Evidence of commitment to teaching at undergraduate level, with demonstrated field-based research experience in aquatic ecology, is required.
    Physical Demand
    Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time both in the laboratory and during extensive fieldwork throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Position requires the ability to swim and have manual dexterity to feel, handle, and reach. Position requires frequent hiking, stooping, crouching and bending and the ability to lift up to 30 pounds. Working conditions are both indoor and outdoor in all weather.

    Preferred Qualifications
    Ph.D. is preferred.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 9/14/2018
    Application Due: 9/20/2018
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