Biogeochemistry Laboratory Analyst

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

Job posting number: #7117220

Posted: December 3, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking two (2) candidates to join our research team to work on harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, and invasive species in the Great Lakes. You will be responsible for performing laboratory analyses related to aquatic biogeochemistry in the Great Lakes and their watersheds.

Your appointments will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region. You will spend the majority of their time at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) in Ann Arbor and will collaborate closely with colleagues at CIGLR, GLERL, SEAS and other Great Lakes partners. This position is open only to US Citizens or permanent residents due to federal security clearance required for access to NOAA GLERL facilities and resources.

Term Appointment: This is a one year term appointment with the possibility of renewal.

Mission Statement

The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve natural resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis. To learn more about the SEAS’s mission and activities, please visit

The University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the top American public research universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown.

SEAS is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communication, discourages and genuinely respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

Generous time off

A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

Life insurance

Long-term disability coverage

Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


Analyze nutrients and other water quality parameters using established benchtop analytical chemistry methods, including operating and maintaining continuous and segmented flow-through and discrete analytical instruments

Perform quality control measures and assist with the development of new analytical methods

Maintain datasets, laboratory records, sample inventories, and standard operating procedures

Summarize and analyze data to support presentations and manuscripts

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or related field

Upper-level coursework in analytical chemistry or related to surface water chemistry

Professional or academic experience working in a laboratory with at least one year of experience performing analytical chemistry related to water quality or biogeochemistry

Experience working independently on problem-solving and balancing demands of multiple projects

Familiarity with data management and analysis using products such as Excel, R, MATLAB, Python, or similar platforms

Desired Qualifications*

Two(2) or more years of professional or graduate experience working in a laboratory

Demonstrated experience developing, adapting, or troubleshooting analytical methods for biogeochemistry or water quality

Additional Information

Salary will be determined based on experience. Flexible work agreements may be made to allow for partial off-site work at a remote location.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for at least seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

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