A M.S. graduate assistantship is available (pending final approval of funding) starting 1 July 2017 in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University to study the ecology of bobcats in Illinois. Primary research objectives include: (1) estimating density of a local population of bobcats, (2) comparing rates of capture/recapture for different spatial arrays of remote camera traps, and (3) estimating home range use and survival of bobcats in agriculturally-dominated landscapes of west-central Illinois. The successful applicant will be hired by 1 May 2017, with field work being initiated by 1 July 2017. The student will receive his/her M.S. in Biology at Western Illinois University.
Candidates should have (1) a B.S. in wildlife ecology, zoology, ecology, or a closely related field; (2) experience capturing and handling mesocarnivores and conducting radiotelemetry; (3) proficiency using remote cameras; (4) earned GPA >3.0/4.0; (5) GRE scores >1100 (old scale) or equivalent (new scale); (6) strong quantitative skills; and (7) strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Applicants should be independently motivated to take action to meet project objectives, are self-starters, possess a strong work ethic, and have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Additionally, applicants should have extensive trapping experience, ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with private landowners, and proficiency with GIS/GPS.
Interested parties should submit a cover letter, full transcripts (unofficial or official), CV, GRE scores, and list of 3 references as a single PDF file via email to Dr. Chris Jacques no later than 31 March 2017. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is selected. The successful applicant will inherit a sample of ~20 radio-collared bobcats at the start of their program and will coordinate the capture of 20 additional animals, so must be able to start field work no later than 1 July 2017.