Graduate Research Assistant (M.S. Fisheries)-Nebraska

Agency
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Location
Kearney, Nebraska
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$15,000 for 12 months plus full tuition waiver
Start Date
05/01/2018
Last Date to Apply
02/22/2018
Website
http://www.unk.edu/academics/biology/index.php
Description
The goal of this project is to assess the abiotic and biotic similarity between coves that have varying levels of connectivity to the mainstem of Harlan County Reservoir, Nebraska. Seasonal sampling would begin in May 2018 and require working in a variety of environments and weather conditions. Sampling includes fish communities, zooplankton, aquatic vegetation, soil, and water quality. Candidates should have an ecological understanding of aquatic systems and the associated nutrient cycles. The research will be a part of the student’s thesis requirements for a Master’s of Science in Biology. The student will also be expected to: 1) work closely with state agencies to collect, manage, and analyze data; 2) develop a related side project that may or may not be included in the thesis; 3) earn and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 during the graduate program; 4) meet all other department requirements toward the M.S. program; and 5) present the results of research to relevant audiences in written and oral forms.
Qualifications
Desired skills: Field experience in fisheries (e.g., electrofishing, frame netting) and/or limnology (soil sampling, water quality); good scientific writing skills; experience with data management and statistics Minimum requirements: A Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, fisheries science and/or other related programs; a minimum 3.0 GPA earned during the Bachelor’s program; demonstrated teamwork skills How to apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your interest to this position along with a resume/curriculum vitae to Dr. Melissa Wuellner at wuellnermr@unk.edu no later than February 22, 2018.
Contact Person
Dr. Melissa R. Wuellner
Contact Phone
308-865-8006
Contact eMail
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