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2015 Smithsonian Institution Research Fellowships

Date Posted: 13 Sep 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Smithsonian Institution
Location: Washington, DC
Closing date: 1 December 2014

Research fellowships in Vertebrate Zoology are available through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, which provides funding for graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and senior investigators to conduct research in association with Smithsonian scientists. Candidates are especially encouraged to apply for the multi-year Peter Buck Fellowships ( Fellows based at the National Museum of Natural History have access to a research staff of more than 100 scholars, world-class collections, and modern core facilities including molecular and stable isotope laboratories and SEM. All applicants should contact potential staff advisors to determine the feasibility of the proposed research and tenure dates, as well as the availability of relevant collections and other resources. Potential staff advisors and information about their work is available at the department web site:

Proposal deadline is December 1, 2014. Fellowship durations range from three months to three years depending on fellowship category. The stipend for Pre-doctoral Fellows is $32,700 per year (twelve months) and for Post-doctoral and Senior Fellows is $48,000 per year (twelve months). A research allowance is available (up to $4,000 for SI Fellows, or $4,000/year for Buck Fellows). Ten-week Graduate Student Fellowships are also available with a stipend of $7,000. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country. For more information and to apply online, visit the Program website (

Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of Colorado
Location: Boulder, Colorado, and field sites in Colorado and California
Closing date: not provided (work to start in Summer or Fall 2015)

The Johnson Laboratory of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for two new graduate student positions to begin in Summer (ideally) or Fall 2015. We are looking for independent, self-motivated students who are passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and conservation. Currently we seek to fill positions related to two projects:

The community ecology of disease 

This project aims to understand how interactions among species within an aquatic community collectively influence pathogen transmission and disease risk. This can include interactions among hosts (dilution effect), among micro- and macroparasites (coinfection), and between non-hosts and parasites (predation). The selected student would have a unique opportunity to conduct fieldwork on a broad range of taxa (amphibians, fishes, macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, waterbirds) at our long-term study sites in California (during summers).

Global change and aquatic ecosystems

In collaboration with the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, this project is focused on lakes and reservoirs along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Broadly, we are working to understand the short and long-term effects of climate change, nitrogen deposition and invasive species on biological interactions within these systems. The selected student would be expected to develop an MA or PhD-level project that help to advance the project’s overall goals.

To Apply:

If you are qualified and interested in working with our laboratory, please send the following items in a letter of introduction to Dr. Pieter Johnson (pieter [dot] johnson [at] colorado [dot] edu):

  • Curriculum vitae, GPA and test scores
  • Your general research interests, previous experience and how you will contribute to work already being pursued in the lab.
  • Whether you intend to apply for a MA or PhD program.
  • Post-graduate career plans.
  • Why you are specifically interested in work being done in the lab.
  • Whether you have applied for any external fellowships (e.g., NSF or EPA).

Research Curator in Ichthyology II

Date Posted: 23 Aug 2014 (Show details)

Institution: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Closing date: 19 September 2014


The North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources invites applications for the position of Research Curator, Ichthyology. This position is located in Raleigh, North Carolina at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, an award-winning major institution with a prominent State-wide, national and international profile. This key position is in the Museum’s Research & Collections section and is located at the Museum’s Research Laboratory, approximately 15 minutes away from the downtown Raleigh Museum buildings.

The salary range is $42,667.00–$69,177.00 annually. 


  • Development of original scientific research programs in ichthyological systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields; research programs may have local, regional, and/or international focus and will include pursuit of external research funding, data generation and analyses, and publication/dissemination of results; some aspects of this research should, ideally, include collaborations with other agencies, universities, and/or citizen scientists.
  • Curatorial responsibilities for the Ichthyology Research Collection, including maintenance and growth of collection, migrating collections data to database format, specimen loan activities, and setting curatorial best-practice guidelines for collection.
  • Operational management and administration of the Ichthyology unit, a subdivision of the Research & Collections section; duties include supervision of laboratory with oversight of equipment, budgets, and personnel.
  • Participation in science communication initiatives, including participation in Museum educational programming, delivering public science-based presentations, interacting with Museum visitors, serving as a role model for students and citizen scientists, and creating programmatic themes that raise the science literacy of visitors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Compentencies

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.

A successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Considerable taxonomic/systematic knowledge in Ichthyology, in general, and of North Carolina and South Eastern United States fishes, specifically.
  • Experience applying principles and practices of research, with special expertise in at least one aspect of fish systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields.
  • A demonstrated mastery of materials, equipment, and techniques used in relevant research (laboratory based protocols and fieldwork) and specimen collection curatorial activities.
  • A demonstrated track record of effective and creative science communication to diverse audiences.
  • Experience in preparing grant proposals to fund biological research and/or administering budgets supporting research or collections-related activities.
  • Experience in publishing technical science papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Possession of a master's degree in biology, zoology, or a science curriculum related to area of expertise and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Education:

A Ph.D. in biology, zoology, or related science field.

To Apply:

Apply online at All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application. Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.

The closing date is 19 September 2014 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

Supplemental and Contact Information:

For additional information, please contact: Laura Oakley (919) 707-9809 or laura [dot] oakley [at] naturalsciences [dot] org.

The North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resource uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Postdoctoral Associate – Marine Animal Health

Date Posted: 7 Aug 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Stony Brook University
Location: Southampton, New York
Closing date: 23 September 2014

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) of Stony Brook University seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Associate position in marine animal health. This position is associated with SoMAS’s Marine Animal Disease Laboratory (MADL), whose mission is to provide diagnostic services and to conduct research on marine animal diseases and pathology, especially those important to New York’s marine fisheries and aquaculture industries. The incumbent will be expected to conduct diagnostics of marine organisms and participate in the development of an active research program that addresses basic and applied aspects of marine diseases, including biological bases of animal resistance to infectious diseases and various aspects of host-microbe interactions. The incumbent will also assist with the supervision and management of the lab.


Applicants should possess an advanced degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) and have extensive training in cell and/or molecular biology techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working on shellfish. Experience with molecular detection techniques and functional genomic techniques preferred. Experience supervising graduate students and/or undergraduate students is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating creativity in aquatic animal health research (innovative research, development of diagnostic tools, etc.) as well as those demonstrating excellent writing skills and productivity.

This will be an initial one-year position with the possibility of extension based on continuous funding. The salary is $36K to $46K, commensurate with qualifications.

Applications due 5 pm EST 9/2/14, but will be accepted until the position is filled. Application forms, detailed procedures, and further information about this position, MADL and SoMAS can be found at (Ref. # WC-S-9097-14-07-S ).

Stony Brook University/SUNY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Laboratory Fish Care Technician

Date Posted: 7 Aug 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of Tennessee
Location: Austin, Texas
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until August 15

The laboratory of Dr. Daniel Bolnick at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), seeks an organized and experienced individual to fill a job position as an animal care technician. The technician would join a friendly and diverse research lab studying the evolution of immunity to parasites. The technician would work at the UT Austin main campus, and be a part of one of the leading Evolution Ecology & Behavior departments in the U.S. The Bolnick lab's research focuses on evolutionary ecology of trait variation within populations, including variation in diet, courtship traits, and immune function.

The primary duties of the technician will be to care for a large laboratory population of fish, the threespine stickleback. The technician will be responsible for aquarium system maintenance, feeding animals, maintaining clean aquaria and animal care rooms, purchasing supplies, rearing fish food (copepods), maintaining animal care logs, and breeding fish. The technician will also be called upon to assist other lab members with experimental assays of fish resistance/tolerance to a tapeworm parasite. Additional responsiblities, as needed, may include assisting with specimen dissection, DNA extraction, and related laboratory analyses.

The key qualifications for this position are:

  • Prior experience with fish care and aquarium systems.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic and ability to collaborate with others
  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher, preferably in biology or a related field.

To apply, pleases send a pdf containing a cover letter, a CV, and names and contact information for two recommendation letter writers to Dr. Daniel Bolnick (danbolnick [at] austin [dot] utexas [dot] edu). Any previous experience with animal care, fish, or laboratory should be emphasized and explained in detail in the cover letter and letters of recommendation wherever possible. Questions may be directed to the same email address.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired, but we expect to make a decision no later than August 15.

The position is intended to be full time, but if required we could consider a half-time position. The employee would initially appointed for a period of 12 months at a starting salary of approximately $2,500 per month (depending on qualifications), plus benefits. The chosen applicant will ideally start work in August 2014, though later start dates might be negotiable. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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