Postdoctoral Research Associate – Aquatic Vegetation and Fisheries Community Modeling

The Center for Limnology (CFL) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to participate in a Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership-funded project to explore the importance of aquatic vegetation as habitat for fish in north-temperate lakes.  The ultimate goal for this project is to develop new habitat management strategies for the conservation of aquatic ecosystems across the Upper Midwest US.  The candidate will be based at the CFL and be supervised by Dr. Zach Feiner (CFL) and Dr. Heidi Rantala (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources), joining a broad team of collaborators at the CFL, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources, and other local stakeholders. The position will remain open until filled.

Summer 2023 Field Season Hiring (Undergraduates) is complete. We will begin this process for summer 2024 in January 2024.

Example position descriptions below.

Eligibility: Students must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in summer 2024 or fall 2024 at an accredited college or university in the USA are eligible. UW-Madison students would be given priority.  Students who graduated in spring 2024 will NOT be eligible for student hourly positions for the summer of 2024.

LimnoLaunch May 2024: Exact dates TBD for Madison & Trout Lake Station
Required for most positions listed below. Designed to 1) break down barriers for anyone with little-to-no experience doing scientific field work and gain more broad experience than on individual projects; and 2) build a better sense of community amo0ng everyone doing research on our lakes in the summer.

Below are summer 2023 position titles. Specific position descriptions will be available in January 2024.

  • Cascade Project Storm Technician
  • Fish Ecology Field & Laboratory Assistant – Pelagic Food Web
  • Fish Ecology Field & Laboratory Assistant – Bright Spots
  • Lake Phenology Intern at Trout Lake Station
  • LTER Base Crew – Southern Lakes
  • LTER Base Crew – Trout Lake Station
  • Pond Nutrient Cycling Research Technician
  • Research Assistant – Bog Microbial Ecology
  • Science Communication Intern- Hasler Lab, Madison
  • Science Communication Intern – Trout Lake Station
  • SCUBA Field Research Assistant
  • Seepage Lake Water Quality Field & Laboratory Assistant
  • Wild Rice Intern at Trout Lake Station

Working at Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction – Video

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