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Postgraduate Algal Ecology Researcher

The Environmental Laboratory (EL) provides relevant, value-added technology supporting the environmental mission of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Nation. Headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the EL’s interdisciplinary staff of over 220 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel plans and executes all phases of the technology development process, from basic research to field implementation to commercialization. The EL staff consists of problem solvers who use research, development, experimentation, special studies, and technical support to address the needs of national and international business development partners. Partnering with Federal and State agencies, academia, and the private sector, the EL uses its distinctive technical capabilities to resolve complex, multi-disciplinary environmental sustainability problems. 

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will gain experience in a variety of environmental research activities including, but not limited to, algal physiology, biochemistry, and the molecular ecology of protists. Specific areas of research focus include; methods development (molecular, biochemical, etc.) for detection and identification of protists and their bioproducts (secondary metabolites, toxins, etc) in complex matrices (water, soil, air), general limnology and nutrient physiology, and management tactics for harmful algae. Additionally, the participant will gain experience with writing writing manuscripts, literature reviews and technical documents. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work in a highly dynamic interdisciplinary environment; will have exceptional record keeping, communication, and writing skills; and a broad working knowledge of freshwater and/or marine algal ecology and physiology. The participant will receive mentoring from federal research scientists and technicians and assist in meeting research obligations.  

Location: Bowling Green, Ohio

Appointment Length

This appointment is a twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by USACE. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.