We seek an individual interested in conducting a project on Octodon degus (a social rodent) social structure. The student will join Dr. Loren Hayes’ lab group at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (to begin in January 2022) and work towards a Master’s degree in Environmental Science.
Masters project aims: (1) use a long-term dataset to answer questions about the stability of social relationships in Octodon degus and (2) develop a method to monitor social relationships in the field.
For more information about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, please visit https://www.utc.edu/research/graduate-school. For more information about the Environmental Science graduate program, see https://www.utc.edu/arts-and-sciences/biology-geology-and-environmental-science.
If interested, please submit the following in a single PDF to Loren Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Adriana Maldonado-Chaparro (email@example.com). i) 1 page cover letter indicating a willingness to start in January 2022 and research interests/experience, ii) resume with contact information, iii) unofficial transcripts, and iv) names and contact information of two academic references. The pdf name should be lastname_firstname.pdf. Please include ‘Masters position’ in the email heading. Submissions received by 15 October 2021 will be given priority review.
United States citizen
A strong interest in animal behavior
Relevant coursework completed: Animal Behavior (or Behavioral Ecology), Ecology, Evolution
GPA 3.0 or higher
Previous research experience
Physically fit, able to lift heavy equipment, work long hours in challenging environmental conditions
Able to start graduate school in January 2022
Basic knowledge of R
Understanding of social network analyses
Experience working with wild, small mammals
Spanish language proficiency
Presentation(s) at scientific meeting, or publication(s) in peer-reviewed journals