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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Ann Arbor
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

Serve as a scientist in support of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS) project focused on analyses of telemetry data from acoustic-tagged lake sturgeon inhabiting the interconnecting waterways between Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Highest priority will be the analysis and publication of acoustic telemetry data.  Direct line supervision will be provided by Professor Charles Krueger within the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU) collaboratively with Dr. Darryl Hondorp at the U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center (Ann Arbor).

Conduct independent research investigating ecological, behavioral, and reproductive differences of lake sturgeon in the Laurentian Great Lakes.  Integrate research findings into a coherent annual ethogram of lake sturgeon behavior in the Great Lakes, focused on the periods including spring spawning, summer feeding, and overwintering.  Communicate research findings and theories through peer-reviewed journals and oral presentations at scientific meetings.  Collect, maintain, and analyze large acoustic telemetry, environmental, and geospatial data sets.  Familiarity with the structure and operation of a relational database essential and will require the ability to develop database subsets to support analyses.  Make application of the results of scientific research to management of the Laurentian Great Lakes.  Assist with field work of deployment and maintenance of acoustic releases and the tagging of fishes.  Assist with the coordination of research projects among federal, provincial, state, and tribal agencies and cooperators at U.S. and Canadian universities.  Communicate management applications through presentations to provincial, state, and tribal fishery managers through oral presentations such as at Lake Committee Meetings and through outreach publications.  Provide support to other GLATOS scientists, including but not limited to statistical analysis, experimental design consultation, and field operations, and other duties as directed.  In support of the director of, assist in the development, promotion, and communication for GLATOS.

This position is 80% office work, 20% field work. Field work on the Great Lakes and tributaries will require physical capabilities to work for extended periods of time under harsh environmental conditions including extremes in temperature, rain, and snow. 

The office work environment involves normal, everyday risks or discomforts typical of such places and including meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles such as airplanes, trains, or buses.  Field work on lakes will typically be conducted on boats, and on rivers by boat or by wading; harsh environmental conditions are common. Field work will include working at temperatures ranging from approximately 32 to 77 ˚F (0 to 25 ˚C), and at night. 

Work location will be at the Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Required Degree

Doctorate -ecology, behavioral science, aquatic science

Minimum Requirements

Incumbent must have a broad background in behavior, ecology, and aquatic sciences.  Incumbent must have a broad understanding of the reproductive biology, behavior, and ecology of vertebrates, and must be knowledgeable in related other scientific disciplines.  Incumbant must be able to demonstrate the ability to synthesize, integrate, and apply this knowledge toward the resolution of the conservation issues.

Incumbent must have a proven record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and providing oral presentations at international scientific meetings.

Incumbent must have knowledge of standard data management software (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, PostgreSQL) and R (www.r‒, as well as experience in the use of ArcGIS (ESRI Inc.).  Experience with Eonfusion (Myriax SoftwarePty LTD), used to analyze geospatial data preferable.

The ideal incumbent will have advanced knowledge and experience in the maintenance and use of acoustic telemetry equipment. 

The incumbent must have, through depth of training, experience and judgment to innovate, develop, and promote lines of coordinated research.  Incumbent must possess verbal and writing skills to communicate research findings to management agencies, and researchers.

Incumbent must have a proven track record of acquiring funding through competitive processes.


Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate would have knowledge about fishery science and biology of fishes, and in specific about lake sturgeon, combined with an extensive knowledge concerning the fisheries of the Great Lakes, the problems impeding their management, and the interests and objectives of agencies that manage the fishery resource.  

Incumbent should have experience in the operation of boats and be knowledgeable in water safety. SCUBA diver certification preferred.


Required Application Materials

Letter of interest  and vita

Special Instructions


HammondBay Biological Station:  Operated by USGS.  Four scientists study fish behavior using acoustic telemetry.  Links;; 


Summary of Physical Demands

ers by boat or by wading; harsh environmental conditions are common. Field work will include working at temperatures ranging from approximately 32 to 77 ˚F (0 to 25 ˚C), and at night.



Department Statement

Department Mission Statement:

To build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education, and engagement.

Diversity and Inclusion: We believe a diverse, inclusive working and learning environment enriches the department and fosters innovation in teaching, research, and engagement with partners and the public.

Integrity and Professionalism: We expect all members of the department to uphold the highest ethical standards in our work and personal conduct, with shared responsibility and accountability. We act in keeping with our values, mission, and vision.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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