The J.P. Whiteman lab is seeking a motivated, responsible, and independent M.Sc. student for a thesis project focused on Ursidae metabolism, with the unique opportunity to collect respirometry data from captive bears at wildlife centers in Asia. Ideal start date will be late August 2019. The student will earn a M.Sc. in Biology at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA, USA), in a research setting dedicated to animal ecophysiology and conservation. Support will be provided via teaching assistantships and tuition waivers, and the student will apply for additional grant funding to supplement field work. Training in respirometry will be provided; prior experience is a plus.
Old Dominion University provides an engaged and dynamic academic experience, with over 100 graduate students in the Biological Sciences and over 24,000 students in total enrollment. ODU is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that promotes achievement and success for all persons. Campus is located 30 minutes from the Atlantic coast (Virginia Beach) and approximately 3 hours from Washington DC or Shenandoah National Park.
Applicants should have a BS or BA degree in biology, chemistry, zoology, ecology, or a related discipline. Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are essential. Interested applicants should review material regarding ODU (www.odu.edu/biosci) and the Whiteman lab (www.sites.google.com/site/whitemanecology/) and send contact information for three references, a CV, and a cover letter to Dr. John Whiteman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cover letter should be no more than a single page and should summarize your interest in this project, your future goals, and your relevant background.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.