The Barnes Lab at Texas Tech University is seeking a motivated MS student to develop and apply environmental DNA (eDNA) assays for detection of zebra mussels beginning Summer 2021. The student will lead the application and optimization of eDNA surveys for the detection of zebra mussels in the natural environment, specifically coordinating data collection for comparison with state-of-the-art detection canine methods.
Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic, creative, and motivated. This position will require hard work, problem solving, and a tolerance for hot Texas summers. Fieldwork will require an ability to work on a team of humans and dogs, so excellent communication skills are desirable. Experience with molecular genetic methods is also preferred.
Texas Tech is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and we encourage applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Texas Tech University has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution as well as a Carnegie Tier One university.
To Apply: The deadline for applying is April 2. Interested applicants should email Dr. Matthew Barnes (email@example.com) with “MS Opportunity” in the subject line.
Please include in the email:
1. How this position will help you fulfill your career goals and why I should hire you
2. Resume or CV including pertinent work experience
3. Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) + GRE scores (optional due to COVID-waiver)
4. Contact information for two references
Note that Texas Tech University requires a background check of all new employees.
For additional information on the Barnes Lab: https://drbarnes.org
For additional information on the Department: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/nrm/