Asst. Program Coordinator, Harvard Forest Summer
Sunday, January 25, 2015 09:14 AM

Assistant Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor
13-week position available beginning May 18, 2015

For thirteen weeks in May-August 2015, twenty college-age students will join dozens of visiting and staff scientists at Harvard Forest in researching the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems. The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components to the summer program. S/he provides information, advising, support and discipline required to create a hospitable academic work environment.

Duties and Responsibilities (work under the supervision of the Summer Program Coordinator) Assistant Program Coordinator

  • Assist with student arrival and orientation (May 25th and 26th)
  • Inform students of Harvard Forest activities, policies, and expectations
  • Coordinate weekly (x2) evening workshops and seminars
  • Update and maintain summer student blog (
  • Work with Summer Program Coordinator to resolve student issues
  • Organize Summer Student Symposium in early-August
  • Work on various tasks as needed to facilitate administrative and research projects Resident Advisor
  • Responsible for day-to-day activities related to the successful operation of a student residence Hold weekly house meetings Plan, organize, and direct student committees (recycling, social activities, etc.)
  • Serve as advisor to student on matters concerning community development, conflict resolution and counseling

Required Skills, Training and Experience

  • Excellent listening, negotiation, organizational, and problem solving skills required
  • Strong communication (verbal and written), organizational, telephone, and computer skills
  • Work independently with moderate supervision
  • Comfortable with performing a variety of tasks simultaneously
  • Previous experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse population preferred

Time Commitment and Compensation

Compensation is $13.90/hour for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (May 18 to August 14, 2015). The assistant has a private room, shared office space with computer and access to Forest vehicles. The position requires on site residence (room and board provided) with weeknight and weekend work.


Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to the address below to Manisha Patel @ Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Additional information about Harvard Forest and the summer program is available at

For questions, please contact:

Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator
Harvard Forest 324 N. Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366


Little Cayman Coral REU
Sunday, January 18, 2015 09:12 AM

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) with CCMI: Coral Reef Biodiversity and Resilience at the Little Cayman Research Centre

20th June to 14th August 2015

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) invites undergraduate students interested in ocean sciences to apply to the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Coral Reef Biodiversity and Resilience on Little Cayman. CCMI has support from the National Science Foundation for eight students, who will each be paired with a research mentor for an 8 week experience living and working at our Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC).

REU participants, under the guidance of their mentors, will each design, conduct, and communicate a research project in an effort to positively contribute to the conservation and management of reefs by advancing our knowledge on the processes that drive coral reef resilience to disturbances on multiple spatial and temporal scales. In addition to conducting their own research, REU participants will attend workshops on career skills in science, participate in excursions on and around Little Cayman, and interact with local conservation professionals.

For more information, please visit the REU in Little Cayman website at

Applications are due 15 March 2015.

PhD Assistantship: Fish Genetics and Ecology
Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:45 AM

Dept. Environmental Sciences and Lake Erie Center, University of Toledo Toledo, OH

Closing Date: Feb. 1, 2015 for priority consideration; late applications accepted

PhD research assistantship for new project on Yellow Perch population genomics/genetics, Next-generation Sequencing, environmental DNA, kin selection, and chemical cues that may regulate homing.

Ph.D. in Biology-Ecology Track through The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo . State of the art project in Dr. Carol Stepien’s Great Lakes Genetics/Genomics Lab, which is nationally and internationally well-known, well-published, and well-funded, with excellent placement of graduate students as federal agency researchers, postdocs, and university professors. Project work will be at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center.

$23,000-$25,000 annual stipend, tuition, general fees, and student medical insurance paid.


Excellent, hard-working Ph.D. graduate student to begin fall or summer 2015 (get your application in now) for dissertation research on yellow perch population genetics and genomics, next-generation DNAsequencing, environmental DNA, and kin selection and chemical cues that may regulate homing. Accomplished in writing, PCR, statistics, and field and laboratory skills. Preference to MS degree in hand and publication(s) in molecular ecology, fisheries, population genetics, or a related field.

Required: GPA 3.0+, GRE (verbal+quantitative) of 1100 (303 on the new GRE grading scale) and 4.5 analytical writing, respectively. Foreign students: minimum TOEFL of 250 (computer-based, or 600 paper-based) and 450 (150 on the new GRE grading scale) on the verbal GRE are required.

How to Apply

Send CV, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL if foreign applicant to Dr. Carol Stepien via Must meet minimum scores above. Apply to PhD in Biology-Ecology track in Dept. Environmental Sciences

Postdoctoral Researcher in Fish Genomics
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 05:19 PM

Great Lakes Genetics/Genomics Laboratory, University of Toledo Lake Erie Center, Toledo, OH

Closing Date: February 28, 2015


Help develop, test, and publish a Next-generation sequence assay for detecting and identifying all Great Lakes native and invasive fish species, including those anticipated to invade, from environmental DNA and plankton samples. The postdoctoral research associate will organize large DNA sequence databases, train and co-supervise students and technicians, and be thoroughly competent and experienced in bioinformatics, DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, and population genetic and systematic evolutionary data analyses.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree required in hand. Publication of Ph.D. results in peer-reviewed journals required. Excellent recommendation from former advisors required. Teaching and supervisory experience preferred. Grant funding record preferred. Data management experience, bioinformatics, and data analysis experience in molecular phylogenetics and population genetics required. DNA extraction, PCR, DNA Sequencing (both Sanger and Illumina MiSeq), sequence alignment and GenBank experience required. Familiarity with QIMME, Unix/Linux operating systems and writing script in Perl is a plus. Strong communication (written, oral) skills required. Experience in working with fishes strongly preferred. Strong personnel interaction skills and experience in training others required. Oral research presentation experience at national or international scientific conferences required. Fish specimen collection experience –strongly preferred.

How to Apply: Send (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) 2 letters of reference, (4) copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts via .pdf to Dr. Stepien at Competitive salary, full benefits. Beautiful well-funded lab (by NSF, USEPA, ARS, Sea Grant) on Lake Erie (with view) at Lake Erie Center field station 20-25 minutes from main University of Toledo campus.

The Great Lakes Genetics Laboratory currently has another post-doc (Dr. Klymus), 3 Ph.D. students, a full-time technician, and 2 undergraduate researchers. The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus.

Contact Carol Stepien
Distinguished University Professor and Director
Lake Erie Center and Dept. Environmental Sciences
6200 Bayshore Rd. Toledo, OH 43615

2015 Senior Research Fellowship - Huyck Preserve
Sunday, January 11, 2015 11:27 AM

This Research Fellowship, open to Ph.D. level researchers at all stages of their careers, offers a $10,000 fellowship plus residency (beginning as early as May and ending in August) for researchers in any science discipline that can benefit from research station experience.

The Fellow will conduct on-site independent research, act as the primary mentor for undergraduate students participating in the Preserve's Odum Internship in Field Ecology (mid-June through mid-August), and lead the Preserve's Thursday Lecture Series.

Fellows are also encouraged to participate in one of the Preserve's many public outreach programs to share their research with the greater community. Preference will be given to individuals and projects with the potential to develop into long-term research actives at the Preserve. 

The application deadline for the 2015 Research Fellowship is Friday, March 13.

More information about the position and application instructions

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