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M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship - Herpetology

Date Posted: 18 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: USGS
Location: Laramie, Wyoming
Closing date: 15 November 2014

Project Description:

A M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship is available within the Department of Zoology and Physiology and in association with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. The student will work closely with the primary investigators (Dr. Anna Chalfoun and Dr. Annika Walters) and Wyoming Game & Fish Department to design and conduct research on the influence of livestock grazing and disease prevalence on boreal toad habitat selection, movements, and survival in western Wyoming. The successful candidate will oversee all aspects of the project including study design, field crew hiring and supervision, and data management and analysis; culminating in the preparation of manuscripts to be submitted to peer-reviewed scientific journals. Field research will entail pit-tagging and radio-telemetry of adult frogs, and measurements of key habitat characteristics.

Starting Date: January, 2015

Stipend: $1300/mo. plus tuition and health benefits


Bachelor’s degree in a biology-related field (e.g., Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology). A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and GRE score of 291 is required. An ideal candidate will have a strong work ethic and interest in ecological research, conservation biology, and/or herpetofauna. Experience with herpetofaunal field research, pit-tagging, and/or telemetry would be ideal, but is not necessary. The desire and ability to respectfully communicate with agency collaborators is also essential.

To Apply:

Please send (via email attachment) the following materials aggregated in one file to Anna Chalfoun (achalfou [at] uwyo [dot] edu) ASAP:

  • Letter articulating interest in the project and highlighting relevant experience,
  • A resume,
  • Names/contact info for three references, and GPA and GRE scores (unofficial). 

Candidates should not initially submit a complete application package to the University unless contacted to do so.

M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Genetics/Population Biology

Date Posted: 15 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Western Kentucky University
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Closing date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Johnson Lab in the Biology Department at Western Kentucky University (WKU) is seeking a motivated, qualified individual with prior experience in the fields of genetics and/or population biology to conduct independent research towards the completion of a Master¹s of Science Degree while acting as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate Biology course. Appropriate prior experience could include independent undergraduate research in any of a variety of disciplines or undergraduate coursework that utilized molecular genetic lab techniques.

While enrolled in the Master of Sciences in Biology program at WKU, students are expected to develop, implement, and analyze independent research projects, prepare scientific manuscripts, and present research at regional and/or national meetings. Specific areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Landscape genetics of amphibians using microsatellite loci to evaluate the distribution of genetic variation and identify the interaction between geographic features and gene flow;
  • Analysis of hybrid zones using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to describe genomic patterns of admixture and identify genes of ecological interest.

Pertinent requirements for Graduate Research Fellowship consideration are as follows: 

  • Students must be accepted in a graduate program at WKU. 
  • Students must demonstrate outstanding scholarly promise in their selected field (e.g., GPA >3.5, GRE >315, publications, presentations, research awards, etc.). 
  • Students must have a clearly identified research topic and proposed research plan that can be completed within the framework of a master’s degree program.

Desirable skills include:

  • a familiarity with standard population genetic software (Structure, Fstat, Migrate, etc.) and experience with basic laboratory techniques (PCR, sequencing, etc.).
  • Other areas of research that fall under the broad umbrella of amphibian evolutionary ecology and conservation will also be considered.

Additionally, the opportunity exists for qualified applicants to apply for a Graduate Research Fellowship that offers an enhanced financial package relative to the standard Department of Biology teaching assistantship. Teaching Assistant responsibilities include:

  • Instruction of two or three 18-student laboratories once a week;
  • Preparation of laboratory materials, grading and evaluation of student performance, and weekly TA meetings with the course instructor.
  • Instruction responsibilities include a brief pre-lab lecture describing concepts and protocols followed by hands-on demonstration of appropriate techniques.
  • Prior teaching experience is not required, but effective communication skills are a must.

A B.S. degree in biology, or closely related discipline is required. Additional requirements include: competitive GRE scores and undergraduate GPA, prior independent research experience, demonstrated excellence in course work, excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to work independently and as a team member. The successful applicant minimally receives two years of TA stipend, a partial tuition waiver, and contributions towards health insurance benefits.

To apply please submit a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to jarrett [dot] johnson [at] wku [dot] edu. Review of applications will begin immediately (10/15/14) and will continue until a suitable applicant is selected, with a target deadline for selection being February 1, 2015.

For further details about this position please contact Dr. Jarrett Johnson: jarrett [dot] johnson [at] wku [dot] edu

Assistant Professor in Marine Biology

Date Posted: 15 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of South Florida
Location: Tampa, Florida
Closing date: Review of applications begins on 1 December 2014

The Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa seeks to fill a 9 month tenure-earning, Assistant Professor position in Marine Biology.

Candidates are expected to establish a strong, externally-funded research program and contribute to the Marine Biology curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level. A Ph.D. in a relevant field and appropriate Post-doctoral training are required. USF is located in close proximity to diverse marine environments and collaborations are possible with the Florida Institute of Oceanography, the USF College of Marine Science and numerous state and federal agencies in St. Petersburg, FL.

Salary is negotiable.

To apply, please visit Submit a cover letter, a CV, a one page statement outlining current and future research plans, a one page statement of teaching philosophy and proposed undergraduate and graduate level courses, up to three pdfs of selected publications, and names and contact information of at least three references.

The position is open until filled; review of applications will commence on Dec. 1, 2014. Conclusion of this search is subject to final budget approval.

USF is a high-impact, global research level 1 university dedicated to student success. For information regarding the USF System, please visit our website at According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.

USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution. For disability accommodations contact Mary Parrish at 813-974-6210 a minimum of five working days in advance.

Assistant Professor in Quantitative Vertebrate Ecology

Date Posted: 15 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: California State Polytechnic University
Location: Pomona, California
Closing date: Review of applications begins on 5 December 2014

The Biological Sciences Department at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Quantitative Vertebrate Ecology, that begins September 2015.

The area of specialization is open, but candidates who use modern quantitative techniques to study the ecology of vertebrates in freshwater, marine, or terrestrial ecosystems are encouraged to apply.

Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and advanced undergraduate and graduate biostatistics, and specialty courses in the candidate’s area of expertise in vertebrate biology (ichthyology, herpetology, ornithology, and/or mammalogy), and may involve participation in introductory biology or ecology courses.


  • The successful candidate should be engaged in field research in population, community, or ecosystem ecology with a focus on natural populations.
  • A Ph.D. in Ecology or a related field is required.
  • Post-doctoral experience and previous teaching experience are preferred.
  • The successful candidate will have the potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and for developing an externally-funded research program that will involve undergraduate and Master's students. 

To Apply:

Applicants should supply:

  • Cover letter that briefly describes the candidate’s training, experience, and teaching and research interests (2 pages max); 
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max);
  • Proposed plan of research (2 pages max);
  • Three representative peer-reviewed publication reprints;
  • The names and contact information of three (minimum) to five (preferred) references.

Electronic submission of all application materials as a single PDF file is preferred (vert_ecologist [at] csupomona [dot] edu).

Chair, Quantitative Vertebrate Ecologist Search Committee,
Biological Sciences Department,
California State Polytechnic University,
3801 West Temple Avenue,
Pomona, CA 91768.

Review of applications begins on December 5, 2014. Official transcripts and three letters of reference will be required of all finalists.

Cal Poly Pomona is a comprehensive Master’s level university with a diverse student body. The successful candidate will have demonstrated an ability to be responsive to the educational equity goals of the university and its increasing ethnic diversity and international character.


M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in Conservation Genetics/Herpetology

Date Posted: 15 Oct 2014 (Show details)

Institution: New Mexico Highlands University
Location: Las Vegas, New Mexico
Closing date: 1 February 2015

A Master’s research position with a Research Assistantship is available beginning Fall 2015 in the Corey-Rivas Lab at New Mexico Highlands University. Our Molecular Ecology Lab focuses on reptile and amphibian conservation genetics issues in the Southwest. The Master’s research will investigate immunogenetic variation associated with susceptibility to Bd infection in Boreal Toads of the Southern Rockies at a landscape scale. Students in the Corey-Rivas lab gain experience in applied, multidisciplinary conservation research in collaboration with academic and non-academic agencies.

New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) is a regional state university in Northern New Mexico where the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Great Plains meet. The university has an active graduate program in Natural Sciences with faculty and students from a diversity of science disciplines NMHU is about one hour northeast of Santa Fe, and four hours south of Denver, CO.

We are seeking a student with a strong interest in conservation issues and experience in one or more of the following: landscape genetics, population genetics, GIS, genomics, or field ecology. The deadline for applying is February 1, 2015.

Please email Sarah Corey-Rivas if you are interested in applying for this position at sjcorey [at] nmhu [dot] edu.

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