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Research Ecologist

Position for a Phytoplankton/Harmful Algal Bloom Ecologist


NOAA – Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)

Ann Arbor, Michigan


The GLERL Ecosystem Dynamics Branch is seeking a phytoplankton/harmful algal bloom (HAB) ecologist to work on the Great Lakes.


The phytoplankton/HAB ecologist candidate should have specialized skills in phytoplankton ecology and/or harmful algal bloom ecology with cross-training in molecular biology and will be expected to develop a research program focusing on water quality, harmful algal blooms, and phytoplankton ecology as they pertain to food web dynamics and human health issues in the Great Lakes. The applicant should have demonstrated experience in molecular techniques such as polymerase chain reaction, basic DNA and RNA isolation and quantification (e.g., qPCR/qRT-PCR), cDNA or genomic library construction, gene expression (e.g., DNA microarrays, EST analysis), microsatellite DNA or SNP development and genotyping, and in situ hybridization.  Experience with aquatic food webs is also desirable. Excellent communication skills are required to convey complex molecular biology/ecology concepts to researchers and stakeholders of different backgrounds.


For further information contact: Henry.Vanderploeg@noaa.gov.


The vacancy is posted at www.usajobs.gov announcement number OAR-GLERL-2013-0004 (non-status) and OAR-GLERL-2013-0005 (status) candidates. The position is full-time permanent GS-12 (starting salary $74,794 ) and is open to all U.S. citizens. Vacancy is open 7/12/2013 – 7/22/2013.