MS Assistantship – Ranavirus Epidemics in Amphibians – Connecticut

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
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Graduate Assistantships
GRA or GTA support and health benefits
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Seeking a highly motivated student for a MS graduate assistantship at the University of Connecticut. The student will be supervised by Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse and will be a member of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and the UConn Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center. The research project will address how environmental conditions affect disease epidemics in amphibian populations, with the study system being ranavirus and wood frog tadpoles within vernal pools. The student will conduct experiments within outdoor mesocosms, as part of an NSF funded project.
Qualifications: Applicants must have BS in ecology or related discipline and strong academic record. Excellent English writing and verbal communication is required. Previous experience conducting research in outdoor mesocoms and working with amphibian larvae is highly desired. Successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to execute data collection protocols and care for animals in a wide range of weather conditions, an interest in Arduino controllers and coding for automated temperature monitoring, and/or coursework or experience in disease ecology. Application process: Please contact Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse ( and attach one file that contains a cover letter (with GPA and GRE scores, relevant experience, and contact information for three references) and resume. Applications received by Oct 4th will be given full review, but review will continue until suitable candidates are found. Finalists will be instructed to submit an application to UConn Graduate School before the Dec 18th deadline. Anticipated for a start date is in January 2020.
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