A PhD or Masters position is available to work in Alessio Mortelliti’s lab (alessiomortelliti.weebly.com) focusing on how individual variation in behavior (personality) impacts population, community, and ecosystem dynamics. The student will participate in a series of field experiments focusing on the ecological consequences of personality, using small mammals and seed dispersal as a model systems. An example of the type of experiments we are conducting is available here: Brehm et al. 2019 Ecology Letters 22: 1387–1395
The ideal candidate would have a strong passion for field work as well as the potential to develop strong quantitative and writing skills. Previous experience working with small mammals is not mandatory. The position is at the University of Maine flagship institution in Orono, with an active and diverse wildlife graduate department. The position is funded through an NSF and MAFES grant and it includes a stipend (through RA and TA), full tuition and 50% of the health insurance. Expected start of the position: January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter (no later than June 1st 2022).
Please note that only 1 position is available and it will either be a PhD or MS (depending on top candidate); the career stage will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications.
To apply please send (as one unique PDF file):
1) A cover letter addressing why you want this position and what skills you would bring to the project, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) GRE scores (if available) 5) contact for 3 references, to: Dr. Alessio Mortelliti (email@example.com)
Application review will begin on November 29 2021.