Graduate Research Assistant-Texas

Agency
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Location
Brownsville, TX
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$15,000
Start Date
08/15/2018
Last Date to Apply
07/30/2018
Description
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is offering a Graduate Research Assistantship (MS) related to estimating the presence of Rio Grande cooters (Pseudemys gorzugi) and identifying their habitats using a combined survey of drone-based imaging and environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling. The Rio Grande cooter is a species of turtle found in the Rio Grande drainage of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Images from a drone-mounted multispectral sensor will be used to map cooter habitat and identify habitat health. Water samples will be collected from the sites and eDNA will be analyzed to detect cooter presence. The appointment will begin in Fall 2018 in the School of Earth Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (http://www.utrgv.edu/seems/). The student will be employed as a graduate research assistant and will be expected to work 19 hours/week in the laboratory or out in the field collecting data under the supervision of the faculty mentor. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology or related field. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research and ability to work independently. Prior experience with, or willingness to learn operating drones and the use of GIS software is preferred, as is the ability to conduct fieldwork under hot weather conditions. A current, valid U.S. driver's license and a good driving record are also preferred. The successful applicant will be expected to enrol full time in the URGV SEEMS Master of Science program pursuing the thesis option. The available assistantship has $15,000 annual research assistantship, plus a stipend that can be used for tuition. Interested applicants should send to Dr Faiz Rahman (abdullah.rahman@utrgv.edu) a copy of their resume, transcripts, GRE scores, a written statement of graduate research interests, and two letters of reference as soon as possible. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and minimum new GRE scores of verbal 153 and quantitative 150 are desired. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Qualifications
Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology or related field. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research and ability to work independently. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and minimum new GRE scores of verbal 153 and quantitative 150 are desired.
Contact Person
Dr. Faiz Rahman
Contact eMail
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