The Ohio University Bat Lab is seeking a highly motivated student for a Ph.D. research assistantship. The position is fully funded and will begin in the fall 2021. Our lab focuses on mammal ecology and conservation, with a focus on bats. Our goal is to promote species conservation and to mentor the next generation of mammalogists through research, sound stewardship, and public outreach. To those ends, our students use a diverse set of tools in the field and in the lab to ask questions about bat ecology and physiology in Ohio and beyond.
A Ph.D. student is currently needed to take the lead on a study of bat winter ecology and habitat management in Ohio. The student’s primary duties will be to conduct winter surveys throughout the state, deploy and manage environmental dataloggers, maintain a novel monitoring system, and provide management recommendations based on the data collected. The ideal candidate will be able to build upon the funded project to create their own research questions as part of their training. Additional duties may include harp trapping and migration telemetry, and candidates with background working with bats are strongly encouraged to apply.
Information on how to apply to the graduate program at Ohio University are online at https://www.ohio.edu/cas/biology/graduate. Prior to applying to the program, please email your CV and a letter of interest to the Dr. Joseph Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Informal interviews will be conducted throughout the fall.
A strong work ethic and passion for biology is required. Experience with bats is preferred, but exceptions are possible for candidates with other highly sought-after skill sets. Candidates with a master’s degree in a biology-related field are desired, but exceptional students with bachelor’s degrees will be considered. Regardless of the highest degree achieved, applicants must have experience working in the field, a fundamental understanding of bat winter ecology, and a strong background in statistical software such as R. Because the student will often work with novel tools and DIY electronics, confidence with working with tools, electronics, and computers are strongly desired.