The Kierepka laboratory is recruiting a PhD student for Fall 2021. This position is located at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. Dr. Kierepka’s laboratory is part of the Biodiversity Laboratory at the museum where museum guests can view ongoing research.
Research in the Kierepka Laboratory focuses on wildlife conservation genomics, and combines laboratory, limited field, and computational methods. I have several potential research projects, namely urban and disease adaptation in raccoons and eastern woodrat genomics. There is some flexibility in projects, but those interested in the raccoon project are especially encouraged to apply. Please check my website for further details of the research interests within the Kierepka laboratory (lizkierepka.com).
Successful applicants will have a unique opportunity for collaborations and outreach in addition to research within the Kierepka Lab. The museum provides numerous opportunities for outreach, science communication, and potentially exhibit design. Both federal (USGS, USDA) and state (North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission) are located in Raleigh. There is also considerable potential to work in museum collections, the Museum of Natural Sciences has an extensive vertebrate collection from the Southeastern United States and growing international acquisitions.
This position offers a competitive salary, benefits, and tuition remission with multiple opportunities for research fellowships at NCSU. Two are available upon entry: the Genetic and Genomic Scholars program (http://ggscholars.org/) and the Global Change Fellowship program (https://secasc.ncsu.edu/home/about/people/global-change-fellows/). I plan to nominate the successful candidate for both programs, but applications are due in January and February. Both programs are designed for early PhD students (first and second year) to provide collaborations, research support, and training.
I prioritize inclusion and diversity within my lab, and welcome interested candidates from all backgrounds. I do have a preference for students that have a Masters degree, but advanced undergraduates are also encouraged to apply. Previous experience in genetic research, R programming, and bioinformatics is desirable, but not essential. This position will be largely lab and computer-based with limited field work.
To apply, please use the Google Form below. This form has a series of questions about your skill set, previous experience, and future goals, which will help streamline the process for interested candidates. Please note that the Google Form asks about all relevant skills, I do not expect everyone to have multiple years in every category. Please do not exclude yourself from applying if you have little experience in multiple skillsets, they are all important skills that this position will use. I will request a short cover letter (1 pg), CV, and contact information for references from top candidates in early December. I do welcome email inquiries (firstname.lastname@example.org) from interested candidates, but please fill out the Google Form prior to contacting me. I plan to interview in early-mid December, with a decision before Christmas.
Google Form: https://forms.gle/ADg3tnJLwP4Thkwj7