A M.S. Graduate Assistantship is available with Dr. Todd Aschenbach at Grand Valley State University. The qualified student will conduct extensive field research investigating the influence of seasonal prescribed fire on prairie and savanna community restoration at a variety of sites in West Michigan.
The successful applicant will begin work in July 2022. The student is expected to complete a thesis and required course work as requirements of the M.S. Biology degree program. This is a 2-year grant funded research assistantship position. Students will receive an annual stipend ($14,500) and a tuition waiver. There are additional opportunities for competitive funding through GVSU. Details on the full application process to Grand Valley State University Graduate School can be found at http://www.gvsu.edu/grad/biology/.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, biology, ecology, or related field; strong plant identification, communication, and data analysis skills; field research experience; a valid driver's license and good driving record; at least minimum qualifications for admission to GVSU’s Master’s program in Biology. Demonstrated leadership on a research team and course work in fire ecology and/or wildland fire certifications from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group are desired.
How to apply:
Applicants should email the following materials, as a single pdf file, with the subject line “Fire and Restoration M.S. Assistantship” to Dr. Todd Aschenbach (email@example.com):
(1) cover letter discussing interest in the research, qualifications, and applicable background experience
(3) transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
(4) GRE scores (unofficial copies are acceptable)
(5) scientific writing sample (an academic paper or report written primarily by the applicant)
(6) contact information for three professional references
Review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants will be considered until December 1, 2022 or until a qualified applicant is identified. Incomplete applications will not be considered.