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Research Coordinator

Position Summary The Research Coordinator will provide the following services: Supervise undergraduate students in laboratory and field operations, and organize, manage, and...

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Bowling Green, Ohio

Wood County


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Job Description

Position Summary

The Research Coordinator will provide the following services:

  • Supervise undergraduate students in laboratory and field operations, and organize, manage, and optimize operations of the laboratory and field operations that are aimed at optimizing a process for converting manure from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) into a product that has less adverse environmental impact, and; performing a study to determine the properties of the product produced in this process in terms of the nutrient content, chemical speciation of the nutrients, and the rate of nutrient release under a variety of environmental conditions. Also, to be determined is the physical characteristics of the product and the changes in those during long term exposure to environmental conditions typical of northwest Ohio.
  • Work with scientists of the Lake Erie Area Research Network (LEARN) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) in a study of the effects of a large number of new and restored wetlands on the levels of phosphorus and nitrogen delivered to the associated watershed.
  • Generate reports as required by grant agencies and for other purposes for this project.
  • This is a temporary, part-time position but may expand to full-time if additional funding is obtained.

Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Communicate as needed with the project PI and all stakeholders including BGSU students serving as research assistants and other scientists who are collaborating in this project as well as the staff of the LEARN and ODNR.
  • Gather data from all relevant sources to ensure that complete information is obtained for fulfilling the goals of the project including gathering data from previous reports and by performing numerous, complex scientific measurements and data collection using the approved protocols established in this research group and relying on specialized expertise.
  • Analyze the data collected so as to fulfill the goals of the project using appropriate mathematical and data visualization tools.
  • Complete all reports that present the data, analyses, findings, and recommendations fulfilling the requirements of the project.
  • Train, schedule, oversee, and manage student research assistants and any other employees associated with the project in the laboratory and field research protocols and other testing procedures and data analysis and reporting as needed, and manage laboratory and field resources to optimally achieve project outcomes.
  • Attend meetings with PI, research assistants and other project staff to determine policies and procedures and to report on day-to-day operations.


Part-time, Administrative staff position available.  Administrative Grade Level 354.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 

Deadline to apply: April 27, 2021


To Apply


For a complete job description & to apply for this position visit or contact the Office of Human Resources at (419) 372-8421. BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.

Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

  • Use of computer programs used in research including the Miscrosoft Office Package and ability to use MS Word to generate reports, MS Excel to analyze data, and MS Powerpoint to prepare and give scientific research presentations.
  • Operation of a chemical analyzer or use of EPA protocols for determination of ortho-phosphate, nitrate, and ammonia.
  • Operation of laboratory equipment and instrumentation common in chemistry research labs including balances, water purifiers, autoclaves, ovens, incubators, pipettors, and others.
  • Operation of field research equipment including soil corers; water sample collection devices; water quality meters for measuring pH, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, temperature, and turbidity.
  • Ability to navigate and operate in wet and dry field sites including wetlands by wading and in floating craft such as canoes, kayaks, and boats.


Minimum Qualifications

A Master’s degree in an area of environmental science or a degree in biology, chemistry or a related field with experience in some aspect of water quality research.  Degree must be conferred at the time of application.

The following experience is required:

  • 2 or more years of water quality research experience. Minimum 2 years’ experience can come from graduate student work.

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