I am seeking a graduate student to participate in a collaborative project on the biology of juvenile Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) from multiple river systems across the range. A PhD-level student is preferred, but I will consider master-level students who possess the appropriate background. The student’s work will involve using genetic data (microsatellite loci) to perform parentage and kinship analyses in order to quantify relatedness among juveniles and estimate the effective number of breeders. Ultimately, the student will develop a thesis/dissertation that is builds upon the main goals of this project.
Applicants must have a BS or MS in ecology/environmental biology, zoology, wildlife biology, or other relevant areas. GPA and GRE scores must be competitive for admission to the graduate program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior experience with molecular genetic techniques and data analysis is preferred but not required. Training will be provided as needed. Given the broad scope of this project, evidence of organizational and computational skills is a plus.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until September 15, 2020. To apply, please send the following in a single PDF file: cover letter, resume or CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to Brian Kreiser, Brian.Kreiser@usm.edu. Send any inquiries about the position to the same address.