A teaching assistantship is available starting in the Spring 2023 semester for the Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Biology program at Nicholls State University. The potential candidate would join the Clay Ectotherm Lab under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Clay. For more information about the program visit https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/.
This position would be involved with a 2-year project with invasive apple snails (Pomacea maculata). This project will involve captive breeding and rearing of young to investigate the influence of temperature on important life history characteristics (growth rates, fecundity, survival, etc.). At a minimum, students should have a B.S. in Biology or Aquaculture, with an interest in conservation, ecology, physiology, thermal biology, and species distribution models. Ideal candidates will have previous experience with aquatic husbandry and aquaculture, as well as successfully working with a team. Experience with R and maintaining databases would also be an asset, but is not required. This position will be funded through a teaching assistantship during the Fall and Spring semesters ($4,800/semester) and from grant monies over the winter and summer months ($1,500/month for 4 months). This position also includes a tuition waiver.
For more information, please contact Dr. Clay (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to applying for admission to the graduate program at NSU. Applicants will need to submit a CV, cover letter, and 3 references. The cover letter must address your research interests, how they relate to this position, and assessment of your ability to complete a M.S. program.
Admission requirements include:
• A graduate faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences agrees to serve as major professor (mentor agreement form in the departmental application packet)
• B.S. degree in a life science curriculum
• Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
• Combined GRE (verbal + quantitative) of 300
Application procedure includes an online application and fee (http://www.nicholls.edu/apply/). A cover letter, CV, official GRE scores and academic transcripts, and departmental application package (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/admission-requirements/) including three letters of recommendation (forms included in departmental application) can be sent to Dr. Chris Bonvillain (email@example.com).
Deadline for applying is October 31, 2022 or until a qualified candidate is found.