Ph.D. fellowship for eDNA: Desert Fish Conservation, southern Nevada

Desert Research Institute & University of Las Vegas Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Fellowships & Scholarships
a half-time monthly salary of $2,050 for PhD students with the possibility of full-time status over the summer, and includes health insurance, grant-in-aid covering 70-75% of tuition, and waiver of non-resident tuition.
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We seek applicants for a Ph.D. fellowship in the Moser Lab at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the UNLV School of Life Sciences (SoLS) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Our lab maintains a diverse research portfolio, ranging from microbial hydrogeology and astrobiology, molecular archaeology, and conservation. Our graduate student will focus on the refinement and application of environmental (eDNA) tools for endangered species protection in desert aquatic ecosystems. Dissertation research will include both field and laboratory work, targeting endemic/endangered desert fishes and harmful invasives that threaten them. This opportunity is offered through DRI’s Division of Hydrologic Sciences with support from the Sulo and Aileen Maki Endowment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other partners. Our student will work as part of a team, including faculty and postdocs, agency scientists and resource managers, and field technicians. The student will conduct his/her research primarily at DRI, but coursework, academic advisement, and the degree will be provided mostly through UNLV. Our funding package includes three years of a research assistantship at DRI and one year of teaching assistantship through UNLV.
Required Qualifications • B.S. or M.S. in Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology or related disciplines • Valid driver’s license • Ability to work independently and as part of a team • Excellent oral and written English communication skills • Willingness to travel and work under desert field conditions Preferred qualifications • Previous laboratory experience, especially with DNA and/or bioinformatics • Demonstrable aptitude for field work • Evidence of a strong work ethic and capacity for academic excellence • Personal commitment to natural resource preservation
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Duane Moser
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