A research assistantship is available starting in Spring 2022. This is a M.S. level position in the Marine and Environmental Biology Program at Nicholls State University. The potential RA would join the Clay Ectotherm Lab under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Clay. The RA would become a member of a 2-year project that aims to characterize the movements and habitat use of Diamondback Terrapins in coastal waters of Louisiana through the use of acoustic telemetry. At a minimum, students should have a B.S. in Biology or related field, with an interest in conservation, ecology, and herpetology. Ideal candidates will have previous experiences with acoustic or radio telemetry, herpetology, boat driving and trailering, as well as successfully working with a team. Experience with R and maintaining databases would also be an asset, but is not required. This assistantship will pay a stipend of $18,000/year for two years and will also cover 2 semesters of tuition.
For more information, please contact Dr. Clay (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to applying for the graduate program at NSU. Applicants will need to submit a CV, cover letter, and 3 references. The cover letter must address your research interests, how they relate to this position, and why your assessment of your ability to complete a M.S. program.
Admission requirements include:
· A graduate faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences agrees to serve as major professor (mentor agreement form in the departmental application packet)
· B.S. degree in science curriculum
· Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
· Combined GRE (verbal + quantitative) of 300
Application procedure includes an online application and fee (http://www.nicholls.edu/apply/), and cover letter, CV, official GRE scores and academic transcripts, and departmental application package (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/) including three letters of recommendation (forms included in departmental application). Deadline for applying is October 22, 2021. Applicants should contact Dr. Clay about the research opportunity before applying. After contacting Dr. Clay and getting approval, application materials and questions regarding the program should be sent (email is preferred) to Dr. Chris Bonvillain, Department of Biological Sciences, P.O. Box 2021, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70310, 985-449-7116, email@example.com.