The J.P. Whiteman lab is seeking a motivated, responsible, and independent Ph.D. student for a dissertation project focused on metabolic physiology in wildlife. Ideal start date will be late August 2019. The student will earn a Ph.D. in Ecological Sciences at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA, USA), in a research setting dedicated to animal ecophysiology and conservation. Support will be provided via teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and tuition waivers, and the student will be encouraged to pursue independent grants. The student will join ongoing, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research projects investigating the interactions between environmental variables and animal water balance, metabolic rate, and oxidative substrate selectivity. Analytical training and field work is a possibility at locations in New Mexico and Chile. These studies are simultaneously testing ecophysiological principles and developing novel methods of stable isotope-based measurements. The student will also develop independent projects related to these themes.
Old Dominion University provides an engaged and dynamic academic experience, with over 100 graduate students in the Biological Sciences and over 24,000 students in total enrollment. ODU is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that promotes achievement and success for all persons. Campus is located 30 minutes from the Atlantic coast (Virginia Beach) and approximately 3 hours from Washington DC or Shenandoah National Park.
Applicants must have either 1) a MS degree in biology, chemistry, zoology, ecology, or a related discipline; or 2) a BSc degree in one of these fields and proven, relevant experience. Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are essential. Interested applicants should review material regarding ODU (www.odu.edu/biosci) and the Whiteman lab (www.sites.google.com/site/whitemanecology/) and send contact information for three references, a CV, and a cover letter to Dr. John Whiteman (email@example.com). Cover letter should be no more than a single page and should summarize your interest in this project, your future goals, and your relevant background.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.