Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed in Scribner Lab

The Scribner lab In the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is interested in hiring 3 undergraduate students to assist with ongoing laboratory projects.  The positions would be 10-20 hrs per week and the pay will be $10/hr. Contact people for each position are: Position 1 – Seth Smith (smithsr.90@gmail.com), position 2 – Jared Homola (jared.homola@maine.edu), position 3 – Kim Scribner (scribne3@msu.edu)

 

Position 1

We are looking for an undergraduate research assistant to help that would explore the genetic basis for ecophenotypic variation in lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush). The research assistant will use high resolution digital photographs to measure morphological traits for juvenile lake trout.  The incumbent should be organized and familiar with Microsoft Excel. Prior experience with image analysis software  (eg. ImageJ) and/or morphological analysis would be highly preferred.  The successful candidate will also be involved with DNA extraction and quantification.

 

Position  2

We are seeking a student interested in contributing to research that seeks to identify adaptive processes that allow biological invasions to occur. This work will involve quantifying genetic and morphological diversity of round gobies throughout the Great Lakes since the species' invasion began 30 years ago. Students interested in contributing to this research should be detail oriented and self motivated. Duties will involve photographing specimens, morphological data collection, and DNA extraction. Depending on the student's aptitude and interests, other opportunities may be available in analysis of genetic data collected using cutting-edge genome sequencing techniques. Semi-independent undergraduate research opportunities may also be available. 

 

Position 3

We are seeking to hire someone to contribute to a long-term study using genetic determination of parentage to quantify male and female lake sturgeon reproductive success.  The successful candidate will extract and quantify DNA and conduct PCR-based genotyping.  Genotype data will be used reconstruct family pedigrees.