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Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory

Rubenstein Lab - opportunities

Available Positions: Student and Professional Opportunities

Research vessel Melosira at Rubenstein Lab dock

Depending on funding, the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory often has openings for work study students, student interns, graduate students, or postdoctoral associates. To find out more, contact Director Jason Stockwell at

Postdoctoral Associate Opportunities

Post-Doc Position in Limnology, Posted February 27, 2014

The University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is recruiting a post-doc to conduct limnological research out of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory and teach two courses during the 2014-2015 academic year. This is a 12-month appointment starting as early as June 2014, with potential for extension pending additional research funding. More information...

Post-doc in Integrated Assessment Modeling (Vermont EPSCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change), Posted January 27, 2014

A two-year Post-Doctoral Research Associate position (with a possible extension to the third year) is available at the University of Vermont as part of an NSF-funded research program on adaptation to climate change in the Lake Champlain Basin. We seek a post-doctoral associate with expertise in integrated modeling and software development experience (preferred C, Java, Python, or Perl). The postdoctoral associate will work within an interdisciplinary team of faculty, graduat,e and undergraduate students, as well as with stakeholders, to develop an integrated assessment model to address research questions about adaptation to climate change. More information...

Graduate Student Opportunities

MS Graduate Research Assistantship
A position is available for an MS student, contingent on final funding, to work on thiamine deficiency in lake trout fry. Consumption of forage fish containing thiaminase can lead to acute thiamine deficiency in salmonid eggs and early mortality of hatched fry. The project involves exposing eggs and fry to different sources of thiamine (thiamine bath for eggs, dietary thiamine for fry) to determine at what stages thiamine sources can be replenished. For more information, see the full announcement.

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

2015 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Our 10-week REU program will provide ten undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research on the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of humans in the Lake Champlain ecosystem. Funded by the National Science Foundation, REU students will participate in an interdisciplinary cooperative model that promotes integrated thinking across disciplines within and between the natural and social sciences. All full-time undergraduate students with an anticipated graduation date after June 2015 are encouraged to apply, including high school seniors entering undergraduate study in 2015. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 18 years or older before May 31, 2015. Students from institutions with limited research opportunities and underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, see our REU website. Applications due February 13, 2015.

2014 Summer Internship in Limnology
Drs. Beverley Wemple and Jason Stockwell are looking for an undergraduate student (May 2014 graduates are not eligible to apply) to assist in building and deploying a sensored-buoy system to monitor water quality and meteorological conditions at Shelburne Pond, Vermont. In addition to gaining hands-on experience with sensor technology, the student will develop and document protocols for sensor calibrations and weekly sampling of water quality metrics (e.g., nutrients, phytoplankton, and zooplankton), process samples in the laboratory (e.g., measuring nutrients, identifying and counting phytoplankton and zooplankton), and QA/QC of high-frequency data generated by buoy system. Student will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project, and participate in the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network ( Annual Meeting in October 2014. Period of employment will be full time from late May until mid- to late-August, and this is a paid position. Position will be located out of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory.

To be considered for this position, please send a letter of interest, resume, unofficial copy of academic transcripts, and names and emails of two faculty references to Anna Smiles-Becker at For more information about the position, contact

Review of applications will begin February 21, 2014.

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