M.Sc. Assistantship: Turtle Nesting Ecology – MO/OK

Missouri State University, Department of Biology
Springfield, Missouri and southeastern Oklahoma
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Graduate Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship that includes a stipend (currently $10,965–13,340 per year), and tuition and fee waivers (approximately $8,000 annually). Field assistants will be provided.
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We are seeking an exceptional individual for a graduate student position (M.Sc. level) in the Turtle Ecology Lab in the biology department at Missouri State University. The successful applicant must be highly-motivated, enthusiastic, have the capacity to work both independently and with fellow graduate students and field technicians. We are seeking a new lab member who shares our passion for turtle conservation and ecology of turtles, and who has a deep curiosity about life history biology and reproductive ecology. This position will likely be supported by a combination of teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Review of applications will begin immediately and decisions about awarding teaching assistantships will be made by the Biology Department in October for January admission or March, 2020 for May admission. The advertised project will involve conducting research related to the nesting ecology of Western Chicken Turtles, a species of conservation concern for which the USFWS has been petitioned to list under the Endangered Species Act.
Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field; minimum GPA 3.0 and competitive GRE scores (‘competitive’ is variable depending on the department’s application pool in a given semester, but typically scores >305 [quantitative + verbal] are competitive for teaching assistantships). Prior experience conducting research is desirable, as are strong written and oral communication skills. This project will require intensive monitoring via radio telemetry; experience will be beneficial but is not required. Requirements and a description of the Missouri State University graduate program can be found at http://graduate.missouristate.edu/futurestudents/. If interested, please send the following materials to DayLigon@MissouriState.edu: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a copy of your CV (which should include a short description of past field/research experience and a brief statement of your career goals; (3) a writing sample; (4) contact information for three references; (5) your GRE scores (unofficial reporting is fine); and (6) a copy of all undergraduate transcripts (an unofficial electronic copy is acceptable). Top applicants will then be encouraged to formally apply to the MSU Graduate College, which will require official transcripts, GRE scores, and letters from the aforementioned references. For further information about graduate studies in the Biology Department at MSU, including information regarding the official application process and financial support, please visit http://biology.missouristate.edu
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Day Ligon
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