Research Scientist position in Emerging Contaminants at LSSU

Research Scientist in Water Quality and Emerging Contaminants at LSSU’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education

Lake Superior State University’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE) seeks qualified applicants for a permanent Research Scientist position focusing on water quality and contaminants in freshwater ecosystems. The successful candidate will join a growing team of research and education staff committed to building partnerships in the Great Lakes basin in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility located along the St.

Marys River, Michigan ( The Research Scientist will lead growth of CFRE’s research program in the area of water quality and emerging contaminants in the upper Great Lakes, and will provide vision and oversight of CFRE’s new water quality lab, which includes new analytical equipment (e.g., discrete analyzer, IC, GC-MS/MS, LC-MS/MS) to support program growth. This position’s responsibilities include research (75%), administration (20%), and outreach (5%).

CFRE is also now home to the US Coast Guard Great Lakes Oil Spill Center of Expertise, which focuses on oil spill science and response in freshwater ecosystems and will lead to tremendous opportunities to conduct research on questions related to fate, transport, and effects of oil spills in fresh waters. Additionally, our location at the nexus of three Great Lakes, at an international border, and adjacent to state, national, and tribal lands, provides unique opportunities to contribute to important research and management of contaminants in the Great Lakes and their watersheds.

The new Richard and Theresa Barch CFRE building, opened in late 2021, sits on the St. Marys River, the sole outflow of Lake Superior and international boundary with Canada. The Barch CFRE building houses expanded research facilities, including an analytical lab and experimental mesocosms, along with a Great Lakes Discovery Center and discovery lab for K-12 education. The new facility is uniquely positioned to build partnerships to advance Great Lakes education, research, and community engagement in the region. Come join a passionate and growing team of scientists and educators!

The position will provide a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including retirement, medical, dental, and vision coverage. LSSU is a small, state university located in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, surrounded by three Great Lakes and many state, provincial, and national forests and parks that provide tremendous recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing, biking, paddling, skiing, and much more. Our location is surrounded by abundant natural resources and a lower cost of living, which support a high quality of life.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in environmental science, chemistry, aquatic ecology, or a related field; at least 4 years of experience analyzing environmental contaminants and proficiency in using common analytical equipment; demonstrated potential ability to perform essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description; demonstrated effective communication, leadership, teamwork, and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in environmental science, chemistry, aquatic ecology, or a related field; experience supervising an analytical research or contract lab; demonstrated experience working with and supervising students; and successful record of obtaining external funding and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

For additional information: Contact Dr. Kapuscinski, Assistant Director of Research (; 906-635-2093).

Review of applications: Will begin immediately and continue until filled.

Required Documents:

Cover letter

Curriculum vitae

Contact information for 3 references – do not submit letters of recommendation at this time

Academic transcripts

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