2019 Research Scientist Buffalo A Sponsored Program of The Research Foundation for The State University of New York

Research Scientist Position (Great Lakes Benthic Monitoring Project)

Summary of position: The Great Lakes Center at SUNY Buffalo State seeks applications for a Research Scientist position funded through the Research Foundation for SUNY, working on the project “Great Lakes Long-term Biological Monitoring Program 2017-2022” funded by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. This position involves excellent research opportunities in community, invasion, and benthic ecology and limnology using spatial and long-term data analyses. This project also provides extensive opportunities for collaboration with researchers and managers across the Great Lakes Region.

This position involves mandatory field work for 4-8 weeks each June-September on all Great Lakes aboard EPA’s Research Vessel “Lake Guardian” and smaller boats.

Due to the importance of the project for Great Lakes monitoring this is a long-term position not suitable for candidates looking for a short-term employment

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Overall grant management for the Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI) benthic surveys part of the project

  • Statistical analysis and data management

  • Manuscript writing

  • Report and grant proposal writing

  • Participation in benthic surveys within the CSMI and Great Lakes Long-Term Biological Monitoring and ‘Early Detection of Mollusks and Annelids in the Great Lakes’ projects

  • Collection, processing and taxonomic identification of benthic invertebrates

  • Maintenance and management of sample collection, taxonomic reference collection, and electronic records

  • Data quality assessment, database management

  • Collection and pre-processing of underwater videos

  • Processing and analysis of underwater images

  • Creating digital maps using ArcGIS

  • Participating in national and international conferences

Educational Requirements: Ph.D. in Ecology/Limnology or related fields

Required qualifications:

  • Strong skills in writing and ecological data analysis in R

  • Experience in GIS analysis and digital mapping

  • Spatial statistics

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in remote sensing and image processing

  • Skills in multivariate data analysis

  • Strong publication record

  • Experience in successful grant writing and management

  • Experience in taxonomic identification of benthic invertebrates

  • Strong communication skills

  • Highly adaptable professional who embraces teamwork, but also enjoys working independently

Job Related Physical Requirements:

  • Physical work while sampling with the ability to lift 30-50 lbs.

  • Microscope work

  • Ability to work with preservatives (e.g. formalin, ethanol)

Travel Requirements:

  • Participation in a 2 month-long summer benthic survey(annually)

  • Travel for conferences and additional training

  • Field sampling for other aquatic research projects, field and laboratory activities

Job Details: Start Date: 04/01/2019 or when the position is filled.  This position is a 3 years appointment with a performance review each year. Duration: 06/30/2022 (project end) but likely longer contingent on successful funding.

The deadline for the application is March 7, 2019. Please follow all application directions, failure to do so may disqualify you from the position. Please provide Cover Letter, CV/Resume, and 3 Professional References as a Single Attachment.

About the Great Lakes Center:

The Great Lakes Center (GLC), established in 1966, is an institute of researchers and educators at SUNY Buffalo State dedicated to investigating the ecology of the Great Lakes and their tributaries. The GLC mission is to improve the quality of the environment by providing the best possible science to decision-makers concerned with the health and sustainability of resources, with a primary focus within the Great Lakes and their watersheds. The GLC is the only institution in the SUNY system with a field station on the Great Lakes, and a large fleet of research vessels. In addition to 14 full time employees, the GLC actively collaborates with many scientists, state and federal employees within New York State, nationwide, and internationally. Beginning in 2013, two new graduate programs in Great Lakes Ecosystem Science have been hosted by GLC. For more information about the Great Lakes Center and our research, please visit https://greatlakescenter.buffalostate.edu/


This opportunity includes an excellent benefit package and is grant-supported by the SUNY Buffalo State Sponsored Programs Office/Research Foundation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Research Foundation (RF) is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the RF are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system and do not receive state fringe benefits. The RF operates under a contract with The State University of New York and receives no directly appropriated state funding.