I am seeking a highly motivated ecologist interested in pursuing a PhD in Applied Ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) as a graduate research assistant. The student will play a central role in developing and conducting research on mule deer population dynamics and spatial ecology in northwestern Nebraska. The research will involve deploying a large number of GPS (>100, adult does) and VHF (~200, fawns) collars on mule deer and tracking them intensively across at least 2 sites that likely differ in density, dynamics, and habitat-relationships. Fieldwork will also likely involve deploying camera traps in both sites. The student will estimate and model survival, reproduction, density, and resource selection of mule deer relative to a number of potential drivers. The study area is characterized by rugged topography and is inhabited by mountain lions, coyotes, white-tailed deer, and bighorn sheep. We are particularly interested in the influence of mountain lions on mule deer behavior and demography. The student will be expected to develop additional research questions related to demography, behavior, movement ecology, and/or predator-prey dynamics. The student will also have opportunities to contribute to exciting research being conducted outside of the main study area. The successful applicant will join a dynamic and growing research lab pursuing a variety of basic and applied questions. This position will provide great opportunities for leading exciting fieldwork, authoring high-impact publications, and professional development.
The ideal start date is January 2019 but some flexibility is possible for the right candidate.
Qualifications: M.S. degree in Wildlife, Ecology, or related field. A proven track record of academic excellence, successfully leading wildlife field projects, and publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals are expected. Must have a minimum GPA of at least 3.0. GRE scores are required. A passion for basic and applied wildlife ecology are required. Demonstrated field, quantitative, and writing skills are required. Ability to lead field crews, work effectively and professionally with agency and academic collaborators, and interact positively with private landowners are essential.
Please email the following as a single PDF attachment to John Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org: 1) cover letter, 2) current CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) copy of GRE scores (with percentiles for all 3 sections), 5) contact info for 3-5 references.
At least one of these references must have a) worked directly in the field with the applicant and b) be capable of speaking to the writing/analysis skills of the applicant.
Please also include any PDFs of peer-reviewed articles published as first author.
The ideal start date is January 2019 but some flexibility is possible for the right candidate. I will review applications as they arrive and will fill the position when an excellent candidate is identified.