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MS Graduate Assistantship – Bats, Bat Flies, and Microfungi – Kentucky
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
TBD (generally standard rate for WKU Biology Grad Assistants)
Last Date to Apply
I am seeking a graduate student interested in pursuing an MS degree in Biology at Western Kentucky University, starting Fall of 2022. The student will assist with NSF funded research regarding biodiversity of parasitic microfungi associated with insect parasites of bats. The successful applicant will assist with various aspects of the research including but not limited to museum curation of samples, data management, harvesting of fungi from insects, and some international field work. Topic and scope of the thesis project will be determined at a later date commensurate with applicant’s interests, background, and skills, but will generally be in the area of ecological and evolutionary associations of symbionts (parasites and hosts). The student will be expected to complete an MS thesis, leading to publication and presentations. The successful applicant will be funded for two years with the first being a research appointment and the second being a teaching appointment.
Prospective applicants should have research interests in parasitology and biodiversity generally, and in the ecology and evolution of parasite-host associations. Prospective applicants also should possess strong field skills, be able to travel internationally, and work under moderate to strenuous field conditions. Applicants who have prior experience with parasitology, field research, working with museum specimens, and with capturing and handling bats is preferred but not required. The successful applicant must demonstrate curiosity, a strong work ethic, and be dependable and flexible. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in biology or a related discipline.
To apply for or learn more about the position, contact Dr. Carl Dick (carl.dick at wku.edu). Applications should include a 1) letter of interest that highlights your qualifications, experience, and career goals, 2) CV, and 3) names and contact information for two references who are familiar with your academic and work history. Following an initial screening, the successful applicant will be guided through the formal application process of the WKU Graduate School and Biology Graduate Program. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, but the deadline for a completed application to the graduate school are due by 15 January 2022.