MSc Position on Black Bear Analysis of Population Structure and Connectivity – Wisconsin

Pauli Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits.
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
I am seeking an outstanding student to advance our research program studying the population ecology of black bears on the Apostle Island archipelago and neighboring mainland in northern Wisconsin. The student’s thesis will involve collecting non-invasive samples in the field, and genetically analyzing these samples to estimate demographic characteristics of these populations and their overall connectivity. The assistantship will begin in the spring of 2020. The student will be advised by Dr. Jonathan Pauli ( and work closely with the National Park Service and the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and population genetics. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see
Applicants must have a BS degree in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or other related discipline. A working knowledge of population ecology, statistics and genetics are sought, and experience in the field and laboratory, are required. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential. To apply, please submit your application here: If you have any problems with the online application, please email . Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey (< 15 minutes), uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate). Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received by October 31, 2019, are guaranteed full consideration. Finalists will be notified by and instructed to submit a formal application, including reference letters, to the UW-Madison Graduate School. We will not be able to respond to queries about the status of applications, but general questions about the Wildlife Ecology graduate program can be directed to the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Student Services Coordinator. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. Contact and program information is available on the UW-Madison Forest & Wildlife Ecology website:
Contact Person
Jacob Marchman, Lab Manager
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