UW-Madison: Internships/Field Tech in aquatic ecology in Iceland Summer 2022

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lake Mývatn, Iceland
Job Category
$4,000 Stipend
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We are looking for undergraduates or recent graduates to join our team of interdisciplinary researchers in northeast Iceland this coming summer. Our research focuses on interactions between the population dynamics of midges in Mývatn and the aquatic ecosystem. The project encompasses population ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. The fieldwork is conducted by a team of researchers at Mývatn, including faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. RESPONSIBILITIES The research focuses on the population dynamics of midges in Mývatn and the consequences they have for the functioning of the aquatic ecosystem. The work includes conducting lab and field experiments, collecting and processing midge, plankton and sediment samples, and performing biogeochemical assays. All participants will contribute to all aspects of the project. Our interns and field technician take primary responsibility for the routine sampling that forms the backbone of a long-term research program and are expected to conduct individual projects that align with the goals of the program. In addition to the daily research activities, the technician is expected to assist in overseeing interns and managing data. Technical lab and (especially) field skills are essential for both positions. However, we place primary importance on the ability of prospective participants to work both individually and as part of a research term. ADDITIONAL DETAILS All positions include coverage of travel expenses to and from Iceland, food and lodging, and a small stipend ($4,000 for both interns and field technician). We are motivated to support interns and the field technician in the continuation of their work on individual projects beyond the field season. Past summer research interns have completed their projects as senior research theses or have presented their work at national conferences. Past field technicians have co-authored papers on their work. More information about our work and field experiences can be found at our blog, http://uwmyvatn.blogspot.com/, Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/uwmyvatn/, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/UW_Myvatn. Contacts: Riley Book (graduate student) – krbook@wisc.edu Jamie Botsch (graduate student) – botsch@wisc.edu Tony Ives (professor) – arives@wisc.edu https://ives.labs.wisc.edu/
ELIGIBILITY We have two internships and a field technician position available for summer 2022. The internships are for NSF-REU eligible candidates, which includes only current undergraduates (not graduating before fall of 2022) with US citizenship. The field technician position is open to recent graduates, including non-US citizens. Our lab and the University of Wisconsin are committed to supporting scientists from historically underrepresented backgrounds (https://integrativebiology.wisc.edu/diversity-inclusion-statement/). Interns and the field technician must be available to work from 1 June to late August. The timing of the fieldwork is dictated by our research needs and therefore is inflexible. APPLICATIONS If you are interested in joining our team, please apply with the following: 1. Cover letter Your cover letter should include which position you are applying for, outline your background, and the reasons why you would be a good candidate for this position. Include a discussion of why you want this position and how it relates to your intellectual interests and career goals. In particular, emphasize how your experiences and skills make you a good match for the position. Highlight specific details from your resume or other pertinent information that does not appear on your resume. Include your citizenship, whether you have a valid driver’s license, and your current and future educational plans. 2. Resume Include a current resume that details your education and work experiences. Provide names and contact information for at least two references whom we can contact to ask specific questions about your qualifications for the position. Submit your application as a single PDF (only 1 file), including both the cover letter and resume. Email your PDF to Riley Book, krbook@wisc.edu. Include your surname in the file (e.g., Book_Iceland_Application.pdf). Put “2022 Summer Research in Iceland” in the subject line of the email. After initial screening of materials, finalists will be contacted for interviews. DEADLINE For full consideration for the summer 2022 field season, please submit your application by 24 January, 2022.
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Riley Book
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