Student Opportunity Announcements

Graduate Research Assistant



Summary
of position:
 The Great Lakes
Center at SUNY Buffalo State seeks applications for a Graduate Research
Assistant position working with lake sturgeon on the lower Niagara River.
  The successful candidate will contribute to a
research project aiming to understand the habitat use and diet of lake sturgeon
using the river and mouth during late spring and summer months.
  The project will use setlines to collect lake
sturgeon and acoustic telemetry to observe habitat use.
  Gut content analysis, benthic habitat maps
and habitat use will be combined in order to identify habitats of importance
for this population of lake sturgeon.
  The student will start coursework in January
2014, and will begin field work May 2014.
 
Full support (competitive stipend, tuition, and Research Foundation for
SUNY health insurance) is available for a minimum of two years, contingent on
official transcript submission.



Job Functions/Responsibilities:




  • Develop proposal to study diet and
    habitat use of sub-adult and adult lake sturgeon in the lower Niagara
    River and Niagara Bar.

  • Employ existing techniques for
    obtaining and analyzing gut contents from lake sturgeon.

  • Assist in field
    collection of lake sturgeon

  • Develop and maintain an acoustic
    telemetry array for tracking lake sturgeon

  • Maintain records; data entry and
    database management, analysis, presentation of results and report writing.



Required Qualifications: Applicants
should have a BS in fisheries, ecology, or a related field with competitive GPA
and GRE scores. Prefer candidates with advanced coursework in aquatic ecology
and statistics.  Prefer candidates with examples
of strong writing, communication and computer skills.
  The successful applicant will be interested
in fish ecology, field ecology, GIS analysis, ecological modeling, and/or
statistical analysis. Some experience in the above areas is preferred, as is
previous research experience, including field data collection.
 Highly motivated individuals who can work both
independently as well as with others are preferred.



Educational
Requirements:
BS in Fisheries, Ecology, or a related field with competitive GPA and GRE scores.



Job
Related Physical Requirements:




  • Ability to lift 50
    lbs.

  • Physical work while
    sampling




  • Ability to work in
    extreme conditions on boats

  • Extensive field
    sampling