The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University is recruiting one MS student to study the population genetics of two species of freshwater mussels (Unionidae) in Iowa. Field research will focus on collecting data on age, growth, and survival of artificially propagated mussels introduced into the Cedar River, Iowa. Laboratory work will consist of genotyping both the source populations and the propagated mussels to estimate and compare genetic diversity. Exploration of additional research questions is strongly encouraged. The start date of the position is flexible, but a start in January 2019 is preferred.
Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree in ecology, wildlife sciences, or a related field. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores of 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative sections is required. Preference will be given to applicants with academic experience in at least some of the following courses: population genetics, conservation biology/genetics, population ecology, and stream ecology. Experience working in lotic systems and with freshwater mussels, PCR and microsatellite markers is also preferred. Applicants should be highly motivated, demonstrate a strong work ethic, be physically capable and willing to occasionally work in demanding outdoor conditions, and possess a valid driver’s license Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their interests, career goals, and qualifications for the project, CV or resume, copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies are acceptable initially), and contact information for at least 3 references to Dr. Kevin J. Roe via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.