Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Graduate Research Assistant in Marine Molecular Ecology

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia, and the Phillippines
Closing Date
Review of applications will begin in February, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University, a "Doctoral Research-Extensive" state university, has an opening for a Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant in marine molecular ecology. This position involves participation in an NSF-funded PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) Project to examine genetic and species-level changes in marine biodiversity over the past century of intense fisheries exploitation and habitat degradation in the Philippines. Additional information on the Philippine PIRE Project can be found at sites.wp.odu.edu/PIRE/. Information on the lead PI, Kent Carpenter, can be found at  www.odu.edu/directory/people/k/kcarpent.

The successful candidate will be expected to live in the Philippines during summer sessions to conduct research in the field and laboratory in a collaborative, multinational setting. The appointment will begin in the summer or fall semester of 2018. 


Applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree at the time of employment, and demonstrate interest or experience in molecular ecology, population genomics, marine phylogeography, or a closely related field. Competitive applicants will have some experience conducting molecular ecology research in the field and/or laboratory; AAUS Scientific Diver certification is desired. Underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send an email to Kristene Parsons (kparsons [at] odu.edu) that includes:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the position, prior research, and future career goals;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A copy of your college transcript(s);
  • The names, telephone numbers, and addresses (postal and email) of three references. 

Review of applications will begin in February, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. 

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