Two MSc positions in the Pauli Lab (UW-Madison)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Stipend + Tuition Remission
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We are seeking two outstanding MSc students to join the Pauli Lab, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Given that both positions are generally related and will require similar skillsets for genetic analyses of Guloninae (martens, fishers, and their allies), we will review applications for these positions simultaneously. Both projects are fully funded for 2 years (with likely additional resources, if needed) and include an annual stipend, plus tuition remission, health care benefits, and a supported research budget. The assistantship will begin in September 2021. The students will be advised by Dr. Jonathan Pauli ( The first position will advance our long-term research program studying the regional dispersal and genetics of American martens across a recovery network in the Great Lakes Region. The student’s thesis will involve a multi-state genetic data set to analyze the structure and dispersal of American martens across a recovery network. Additional research components could be added depending on shared interests and funding opportunities. This work is in partnership with collaborators at the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The second position will explore the capacity of members of Guloninae (martens, fishers, and their allies) to digest different diets, and identify the functional genes and physiological mechanisms behind different foraging strategies. The student’s thesis will involve identifying functional genes for digestion and next-generation sequencing to explore the gut microbiome of Gulonids. The study is in collaboration with Dr. William Karasov ( and Dr. Garret Suen (, both faculty at UW-Madison. Additional research components could be added depending on shared interests and funding opportunities. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and population genetics. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see
Applicants for either position must have a BS degree in biology, ecology, forestry, wildlife, or other related disciplines. A working knowledge of population ecology, genetics, and statistics are desirable, and lab experience, especially with genetic samples and data, is preferred. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential. To apply, please submit your application here: Please note that submitting an application includes filling out a small survey (< 15 minutes), uploading a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts or summary of relevant coursework (both undergraduate and graduate). Within your application, please indicate if you would only like to be considered for one of the positions; otherwise, we will consider your application for both MSc positions. Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Applications received by January 30th, 2021 will be given full consideration. Finalists will be notified by and instructed to submit a formal application, including reference letters, to the UW-Madison Graduate School. We will not be able to respond to queries about the status of applications, but general questions about the Wildlife Ecology graduate program can be directly to the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Student Services Coordinator. If you experience problems while filling out the application, please email Preston Thompson at The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. Contact and program information is available on the UW-Madison Forest & Wildlife Ecology website:
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Preston Thompson
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