Student Opportunity Announcements

MSc Position in Aquatic Assessment

Motivated M.Sc. student sought for a unique opportunity in the Department of Geography at Western University to conduct inter-disciplinary research as part of an inter-university collaboration to identify indicators and sampling protocols for use in a regional-scale monitoring framework in the Grand River Watershed, Ontario, Canada.  Student project will be focused on the development of assessment tools for stream ecosystem assessments using benthic macroinvertebrates.  Student responsibilities will include researching, developing and evaluating assessment tools, as well as analyzing and reporting research outcomes. 

Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in ecosystem and aquatic ecology and a desire to apply this knowledge to environmentally-based problems.  Willingness and ability to work as part of a team is a must.  

The successful candidate will be based at Western University in London, Ontario.

Required qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Environmental Science or related discipline
• Meet enrolment requirements of the Dept. of Geography at Western University (http://geography.ssc.uwo.ca/grad)

Additional desired qualifications:

• Experience conducting aquatic fieldwork
• Experience with ArcGIS and associated software
• Knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses
• Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
• Valid Driver’s license

Please send your CV, names of two references (along with contact phone and email), and a cover letter summarizing qualifications and research interests to Dr. Adam Yates at adam.yates@uwo.ca.  Start date is September 2014 with opportunity for employment as an aquatic research assistant at Western University, May through August 2014.  Review of applications will begin January 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.