Research Associate –Phytoplankton Ecology, Aquatic Optics, and Remote Sensing
The Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and
Sciences and the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan
Technological University seek to fill a Research Associate
position. The successful applicant will join a new and developing
laboratory focused on utilizing remote sensing imagery, and data
analysis, field and laboratory observations to characterize optical,
biological and physical variability of lakes and oceans to
understand how aquatic systems are responding to climate and
ecological change. See http://www.geo.mtu.edu/~cbmouw and
http://greatlakes.mtu.edu/ for more information on current and
recent projects. Pending satisfactory performance, the position
is initially funded for two years and may be extended depending
on external funding.
We seek a highly motivated, independent but team-oriented
technician to perform the following duties:
• Process satellite imagery and analyze large datasets
• Organize instruments and logistics for, and participate in
• Perform laboratory measurements of water samples.
• Maintain optical and biogeochemical instrumentation.
• Participate in data extraction, reduction and processing
from specialized research instrumentation.
• Provide support for preparation of reports to funding
agencies and publication of results in peer-reviewed journals.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences, Engineering,
Biology, Physics Chemistry, Computer Science or closely related
field or equivalent combination of education and experience from
which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
Candidates holding a Master’s degree will also be considered.
Knowledge of Mac and Windows operating systems. Fluency in
Matlab programming and experience with analysis of large
datasets. Knowledge of the methods, materials, procedures, and
techniques used in oceanographic and limnological research,
particularly remote sensing, optics, phytoplankton ecology and
physiology. Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory
and field setting. Able to conduct sampling and measurements
at sea under harsh environmental, weather and sea conditions.
Must have good oral and written communication skills, and the
ability to interact well with other personnel in the university,
office, lab, and ship environments. Able to lift and carry 50 lbs.
Complete job description can be found at
https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/672. Questions and further
inquiries should be sent to Dr. Colleen Mouw (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Dr. Gary Fahnenstiel (email@example.com).
Application Requirements: The following documents are
required: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) list of three references,
and 4) copy of unofficial transcripts. Three letters of reference
will be requested from the finalists. Applications can be
submitted at www.jobs.mtu.edu/user/new. Full consideration
will be given to applications received by November 16, 2012.
Michigan Tech is located on Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula,
on the south shore of Lake Superior. The area provides a unique
setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity
of residents from around the world come together to share a
superb living and learning experience.
Michigan Technological University is an affirmative action, equal
opportunity educator and employer and aggressively recruits
minority and female applicants in an effort to bring greater
diversity to its workforce.