We invite applications for a motivated student to earn a Ph.D. in the area of freshwater ecology in the Hintz Lab at The University of Toledo. The student will broadly focus on the ecological impacts of environmental contaminants (e.g., salts, microplastics, nutrients) on freshwater communities and food webs, and what the implications are for ecosystems services and water quality guidelines.

The University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center will serve as home for the student’s research operations. The student will be able to leverage the Lake Erie Center’s experimental facilities to address questions related to the ecological impacts of freshwater contaminants. Depending on the student’s interests and qualifications, there will also be opportunities for modeling studies to better understand changes (e.g., fish production) in freshwater food webs due to environmental contaminants. We are looking for a student to begin sometime between spring and fall 2023.

Qualifications: M.Sc. in ecology, fisheries, limnology, environmental science, or a closely related field. Exceptional candidates holding a B.Sc. will also be considered. We seek motivated students that work well in a team. Familiarity or proficiency with R (or another statistical program) and modeling software such as Ecopath with Ecosim are desirable, but not necessary to quality for the position.

Application deadline: Open until the position is filled. Interested candidates should email a copy of their unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, a short letter describing their research experience and interests, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. William Hintz (William.Hintz@utoledo.edu). Please reach out with any questions you may have.

The University of Toledo is an equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, dual-career professionals, and covered veterans.

More information about the lab can be found at our website: https://www.hintzlab.com/. Visit the Department of Environmental Sciences (https://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences/grad/) and the Lake Erie Center (https://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/lec/) websites for more information about the University.

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