Lake Erie Center

Employment Opportunities

Current Openings at the UT Lake Erie Center - 4 jobs

Postdoctoral Researcher in Fish Genomics and Genetics

Great Lakes Genetics/Genomics Laboratory
University of Toledo
Lake Erie Center, Toledo, OH
Closing Date: February 28, 2015 

The research project is to help develop, test, and publish a Next-generation sequence assay for detecting and identifying all Great Lakes native and invasive fish species, including those anticipated to invade, from environmental DNA and plankton samples. The postdoctoral research associate will organize large DNA sequence databases, train and co-supervise students and technicians, and be thoroughly competent and experienced in bioinformatics, DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, and population genetic and systematic evolutionary data analyses.  

Ph.D. degree required in hand. Publication of Ph.D. results in peer-reviewed journals required. Excellent recommendation from former advisors required. Teaching and supervisory experience preferred. Grant funding record preferred. Data management experience, bioinformatics, and data analysis experience in molecular phylogenetics and population genetics required. DNA extraction, PCR, DNA Sequencing (both Sanger and Illumina MiSeq), sequence alignment and GenBank experience required. Familiarity with QIIME, Unix/Linux operating systems and writing script in Perl is a plus. Strong communication (written, oral) skills required. Experience in working with fishes strongly preferred. Strong personnel interaction skills and experience in training others required. Oral research presentation experience at national or international scientific conferences required. Fish specimen collection experience –strongly preferred.   

How to Apply:
Send (1) cover letter, (2) CV, (3) copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial are fine) and (4) 2 letters of reference. Please combine items (1), (2) and (3) together as a single PDF. Have letters of reference sent by writers, separately. Have all application materials sent to:  Dr. Stepien at

Competitive salary, full benefits. Beautiful well-funded lab (by NSF, USEPA, ARS, Sea Grant) on Lake Erie (with view) at Lake Erie Center field station 20-25 minutes from main University of Toledo campus. The Great Lakes Genetics Laboratory currently has another post-doc, 3 Ph.D. students, a full-time technician, and 2 undergraduate researchers.  

The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus. 

For questions or inquiries contact
Carol Stepien
Distinguished University Professor and Director
Lake Erie Center and Dept. Environmental Sciences
6200 Bayshore Rd.
Toledo, OH 43615
Phone: 4195308362
Fax: 4195308399


Ph.D. Student Research Assistantship Opportunity
in Fish Genetics and Ecology

Dept. Environmental Sciences and Lake Erie Center
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH
Closing Date: Feb. 1, 2015 for priority consideration, late applications accepted
Web Address:

PhD research assistantship for new project on Yellow Perch population genomics/genetics, Next-generation Sequencing, environmental DNA, kin selection, and chemical cues that may regulate homing. Ph.D. in Biology-Ecology Track through The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo State of the art project in Dr. Carol Stepien’s Great Lakes Genetics/Genomics Lab, which is nationally and internationally well-known, well-published, and well-funded, with excellent placement of graduate students as federal agency researchers, postdocs, and university professors. Project work will be at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center ( Apply now to begin the Fall 2015 semester. Ok to start in summer 2015 too. RAship: $23,000 annual stipend, tuition, general fees, and student medical insurance paid.

Excellent, hard-working Ph.D. graduate student to begin fall or summer 2015 (get your application in now) for dissertation research on yellow perch population genetics and genomics, next-generation DNAsequencing, environmental DNA, and kin selection and chemical cues that may regulate homing. Accomplished in writing, PCR, statistics, and field and laboratory skills. Preference to MS degree in hand and publication(s) in molecular ecology, fisheries, population genetics, or a related field. Required: GPA 3.0+, GRE (verbal+quantitative) of 1100 (303 on the new GRE grading scale) and 4.5 analytical writing, respectively. Foreign students: minimum TOEFL of 250 (computer-based, or 600 paper-based) and 450 (150 on the new GRE grading scale) on the verbal GRE are required.

How to Apply
Send CV, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL if foreign applicant to Dr. Carol Stepien Must meet minimum scores above. Apply to PhD in Biology-Ecology track in Dept. Environmental Sciences:

The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus.

Dr. Carol Stepien
University of Toledo
Lake Erie Center and Dept. Environmental Sciences
6200 Bayshore Rd.
Toledo OH 43616
Phone: 4195308362
Fax: 4195308399 

Student Internship

Description: This position with involve assisting a graduate student in the lab with dissecting samples and sample collection. You will be required to participate in boat trips, overnight and several multi-day trips with a grad student. The full flyer can be found here.

Lake Erie Center Intern 

Duties: Assist LEC staff with various projects & programs throughout the year; give facility tours; assist with event setup; help setup and maintain educational displays throughout the building; help with school group visits; help plan and teach summer science camp; help design and print LEC literature and posters; assist with daily office tasks as needed.

Qualifications: We seek an enthusiastic student with good writing and communication skills, careful attention to detail, and demonstrated reliability. Interest and/or experience in the Great Lakes and strong computer skills a plus.


  • Must be a UT graduate or undergraduate student (can be work-study) willing to work off-campus at the Lake Erie Center.
  • Position is paid, up to 20 hours per week during academic year and 30 hours per week during summer
    (number of hours negotiable), with schedule to be set based on the needs of students and LEC staff.
  • Willingness to work evenings approximately once per month (5 pm – 8 pm) a plus, but not required.
  • Summer availability is required.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Please include at least two work or character references. 

Last Updated: 3/23/15