The successful applicant will use reduced representation genomic techniques to investigate the population genetic structure of the Streamside Salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) throughout its range. Specifically, the student would utilize a Gentoyping-by-Sequencing protocol to identify and genotype informative SNPs and utilize this data to address questions related to the conservation of this species. Results from this study will be directly applicable to improving management protocols for the Streamside Salamander. GBS is proving to be a powerful tool for evaluating the patterns of genetic variation within and between populations. The student will gain valuable expertise in genomic tools and data analysis that are widely applicable to the field of conservation genomics.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a B.S. in biology or closely related field and a strong academic record. A GPA of at least 3.5 is required. The successful candidate should demonstrate an interest in wildlife conservation and molecular genetics. The student will need to possess an aptitude for data analysis and careful research in a molecular genetics laboratory as well as an ability to conduct field work. Previous experience working in a molecular laboratory is preferred but exceptional applicants without experience will be considered. Financial support (stipend and full tuition waiver) will be provided through a Teaching Assistantship and will be renewable annually contingent upon satisfactory performance.
Interested students are encouraged to e-mail me (email@example.com). Please include a short description of your academic background, research interests and your CV. Screening of applicants will begin immediately. Please contact me by June 1st for full consideration.
Department of Biology
Tennessee Technological University