GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) - at Boise State University. A position is available for a motivated Ph.D. student to study the genetic mechanisms underlying migration behavior and seasonal timing in American kestrels. American kestrels are an exciting model species for this work because they exhibit different migratory strategies and there is evidence that the timing of kestrel breeding and migration has shifted in parts of their range. This work is part of a large, collaborative project aimed at 1) collecting empirical data on kestrel behavior and genetic samples across their range, throughout the year, and 2) developing models that incorporate inter-seasonal effects on individual behavior to predict population responses to environmental change. The PhD project will address questions about environment/genetic associations, genotype-phenotype relationships, and adaptive capacity of wild bird populations to respond to climate change. Also, the Ph.D. student will work with our team to develop innovative approaches for integrating genetic information into individual-based simulation models. This project provides opportunities to collaborate with a diverse team of faculty (Boise State, UCLA, UCSC, St. Mary’s University), NGO scientists (the Peregrine Fund, HawkWatch International), land managers, students, and technicians. The student will have the opportunity to travel for field/lab work or specialized training with collaborators.
About the program and Boise
The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD is a new and modern graduate program at Boise State University. This program brings together faculty from across multiple academic departments including biological sciences, geosciences, anthropology, and the human-environment systems group to offer relevant courses and provide unique mentorship and training opportunities. Further, we have created a network of valuable connections in academia, local relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as partnerships with international organizations all dedicated to providing students with transformative research and educational experiences for diverse career opportunities. To learn more, please visit: http://eeb.boisestate.edu/. Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.
Students in this program enjoy living in the beautiful city of Boise, which strikes a balance with close-by outdoor recreational activities as well as a vibrant downtown life. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the capital of the State of Idaho, Boise is frequently featured as a top-ranked metropolis. In 2017, US News and World report ranked Boise the 12th best city to live in the United States.
We are seeking someone who 1) possess quantitative and programming skills, 2) has well-developed problem solving skills, 3) has an enthusiasm for studying evolution/ecology, and 4) enjoys working independently and as part of a team. Master’s degree with relevant experience is preferred. Please address your qualification for each of these points in your cover letter. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2018.
Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to Julie Heath (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Please put “PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until 10 December. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered. Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s EEB program by January 20. All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.