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Masters Assistantships in Herpetology

Date Posted: 6 Nov 2017 (Show details)

Institution: John Carroll University
Location: University Heights, Ohio
Closing date: not provided

The Biology Department at John Carroll University seeks M.S. graduate student applications for Fall 2018. For students interested in herpetology, the department has strengths in Behavioral, Chemical and Landscape Ecology, Conservation Biology, Developmental Biology, and Systematics.

The faculty is committed to providing a supportive, mentoring environment for master’s level graduate students and has a high rate of degree completion in its two-year program. Facilities in the department are located in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, which houses well equipped research labs, animal care facilities, and a full greenhouse. The department is composed of 11 full-time faculty members (4 of which are herpetologists), 15 graduate students, and approximately 240 undergraduate majors. Graduate student support packages are competitive and include full tuition and fee remission for qualified applicants, and most students receive stipends for their work as graduate teaching assistants in departmental laboratory courses. 

Please visit our website the Department’s website to learn more about the department and contact possible faculty advisors. Direct any questions about the program to Dr. Ralph Saporito, Graduate Program Director (rsaporito [at] jcu [dot] edu).

Doctoral Research Assistantship in Herpetology

Date Posted: 12 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Miami University of Ohio
Location: Oxford, Ohio
Closing date: not provided

A PhD research assistantship is available in the Global Change Biology Lab at the Miami University of Ohio. The student will join an ongoing project on evolutionary adaptations to climate change in horned lizards (genus Phrynosoma).

The student will be mainly responsible for assembly and annotation of the genome of the desert horned lizard (Phrynosomaplatyrhinos). The student will be encouraged to develop a PhD dissertation project that will leverage this new genome.

More information about this position can be found at


The candidate must be enthusiastic, hard working, reliable, willing to learn new techniques, and have a deep interest in genomics and bioinformatics.
Knowledge of programming (e.g. unix, perl, R) is a plus but is not necessary as long as the student is interested in learning these skills.

To Apply:

Inquires and applications can be send to Dr. Tereza Jezkova at tereza [dot] jezkova [at] miamioh [dot] edu. Applications will be accepted immediately and should include the following:

  • Cover letter explaining your research interests and expertise
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contacts for three professional references

Graduate Research Opportunity in Herpetology

Date Posted: 5 Sep 2017 (Show details)

Institution: McGill University
Location: Montreal, Canada
Closing date: not provided

The DryBar Lab at McGill University (Andrew Hendry and Rowan Barrett) is starting a new research project on the genetics/genomics of ball python colour variation. The goal is to uncover the genomic regions, and possibly the specific genes, that shape this variation. The project is facilitated by extensive knowledge of the Mendelian genetics of the colour morphs and an annotated genome for the Burmese python (Python bivittatus). The project is of interest from a basic evolutionary standpoint (study of adaptive pigmentation in vertebrates) and a practical standpoint (genotyping of individual snakes).

To Apply:

Please sent transcripts to Andrew Hendry at andrew [dot] hendry [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Doctoral Fellowships in Evolutionary Biology

Date Posted: 11 Apr 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Hector Fellow Academy, University of Konstanz
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Closing date: Application periods are 1 January to 30 April and from 1 August to 31 October.

The Hector Fellow Academy is seeking applicants to conduct self-developed research projects in evolutionary biology under the supervision of Hector Fellow Prof. Axel Meyer. The positions offer full-time employment as research assistants at the University of Konstanz for a period of three years. In addition, fellows receive financial support for their research projects.

For more information and to apply online, go to

Ph.D Fellowships and Assistantships in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology

Date Posted: 22 Sep 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Closing date: not provided, but the fellowships are for students entering Fall 2016

University of Louisiana (UL) Fellowships and Louisiana Board of Regents (BoR) Fellowships will be awarded to Ph.D. students entering Fall 2016. UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years and have limited teaching responsibilities, while BoR Fellows are funded for 4 years at and have no formal teaching duties. Stipends are up to $30,000 per year (with tuition waiver).

Eligibility requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or degree from a US institution. We will also have teaching and research assistantships available for incoming Ph.D. students.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. Their contact information and research interests can be found at the Department of Biology website and its graduate programs. The Department of Biology has approximately 80 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics.

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