The lab of Dr. Brian Helms at Troy University, in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, is seeking a M.S. student to study the effects of invasive crayfish and impoundments on stream food web structure. The successful candidate will refine a specific research question that addresses these topics through a combination of observational and experimental approaches.
The position will require funded travel and field work across the State of Alabama to sample crayfish assemblages and other target fauna in lentic and lotic habitats. Associated laboratory work will involve various analytical approaches incorporating gut contents, stable isotopes, and geometric morphometrics.
The position includes 2-year support through a combination of graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships, and tuition waivers. Teaching duties will vary by semester, but typically involve assisting or teaching introductory biology laboratory courses. The successful candidate will be a thesis-track student in the Master of Science in Environmental and Biological Sciences Program.
Ideal start is summer 2021, but Fall 2021 start is also acceptable.
The successful applicant will have to fulfill admission requirements for the Troy University Graduate School and the Environmental and Biological Sciences Program which includes completed course work equivalent to Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Ecology, Statistics, a Jr/Sr level Biology course, and a GRE score of 290
Additional requirements for this position include:
• Valid driver’s license and ability to travel
• Ability to work for extended periods of time in rugged hot/humid conditions
• Ability to work effectively and efficiently in laboratory environments
• Strong writing and analytical skills
To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV or resume, contact info for 2 references, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores if available to Dr. Brian Helms (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Zanethia Barnett (email@example.com). Please direct any general inquiries regarding the position to Dr. Brian Helms.
Troy University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.