Jobs: Herpetology

To post a new item, send a request and the text item and any text file for downloading to asih-org [at] dcmurphy [dot] com .

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Wildlife Co-Management

Date Posted: 17 Nov 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Closing date: 1 December 2017

The Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a highly motivated individual to study methods of wildlife co-management in agriculture settings. The successful candidate will be charged with developing and testing methods to reduce wildlife intrusion in agriculture production environments within the primary disciplines of animal behavior and life history. The individual will specifically focus on amphibian intrusion in leafy green environments and the work will involve both field and lab opportunities. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with agricultural and biological engineers, wildlife biologists and farm owners/producers to design and test non-invasive exclusion methods. The position will require out-of-state travel to field sites and extended stays on site during field seasons.

Successful candidates will be provided with excellent facilities and access to core facilities such as the W. M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, and the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center. The Department of Animal Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) are widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. Potential collaborations exist and are encouraged both within and outside of the department in agriculture and biological engineering, genetics, reproduction, environmental monitoring, crop science, and veterinary medicine. 

This position will start as soon as possible after the close of the search.

Responsibilities include:

  • Fieldwork includes building and implementing drift fences and traps, collection of data, preparation of study sites, preparation and maintenance of materials for experiments
  • Handling of live animals (e.g., amphibians, reptiles, small mammals) in the field
  • Field data collection (with a strong emphasis on vertebrate relative abundance and diversity)
  • Study site preparation including preparation and acquisition of materials to build fences as well as carry out the construction and implementation of fences on site
  • Laboratory work includes care and handling of live animals (amphibians)
  • Collection of data and completion of all duties must adhere to scientific and safety protocols
  • Data analysis using a statistical platform, report preparation and manuscript preparation
  • Interact with farmers and industry personnel
  • Supervise undergraduate students and interact with graduate students
  • Some work will be required during evenings and/or weekends. 

When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may frequently weigh up to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally weigh up to seventy-five (75) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements.

More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the Department of Animal Sciences by contacting cdthoma2 [at] illinois [dot] edu.


  • Ph.D. degree in Biology, Animal Sciences or a closely related field.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Demonstrated experience working with live amphibians, reptiles, or small rodents in a field or laboratory setting, preferably field setting.
  • Interest and experience in herpetology, particularly amphibian biology, is preferred.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and statistical skills.
  • Ability to work independently and supervise a small team in the field and lab settings.
  • A commitment to research, and an ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement and the names and contact information of three references by December 1, 2017 to Michelle Green, mlgreen [at] illinois [dot] edu. Position will remain open until filled. For further information please contact Michelle Green, Department of Animal Sciences, mlgreen [at] illinois [dot] edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Masters Assistantships in Herpetology

Date Posted: 6 Nov 2017 (Show details)

Institution: John Carroll University
Location: University Heights, Ohio
Closing date: not provided

The Biology Department at John Carroll University seeks M.S. graduate student applications for Fall 2018. For students interested in herpetology, the department has strengths in Behavioral, Chemical and Landscape Ecology, Conservation Biology, Developmental Biology, and Systematics.

The faculty is committed to providing a supportive, mentoring environment for master’s level graduate students and has a high rate of degree completion in its two-year program. Facilities in the department are located in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, which houses well equipped research labs, animal care facilities, and a full greenhouse. The department is composed of 11 full-time faculty members (4 of which are herpetologists), 15 graduate students, and approximately 240 undergraduate majors. Graduate student support packages are competitive and include full tuition and fee remission for qualified applicants, and most students receive stipends for their work as graduate teaching assistants in departmental laboratory courses. 

Please visit our website the Department’s website to learn more about the department and contact possible faculty advisors. Direct any questions about the program to Dr. Ralph Saporito, Graduate Program Director (rsaporito [at] jcu [dot] edu).

Field Biologist in Herpetology

Date Posted: 12 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: United States Geological Survey/Cherokee Nation Technologies
Location: Guam
Closing date: not provided

Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT), in behalf of the US Geological Survey (USGS) Fort Collins Science Center, has an opening for a Biologist I, full-time position to join our team of research biologists on Guam. This team conducts ongoing research on the biology, control, and containment of the invasive nocturnal Brown Tree Snake on Guam, the Mariana Islands, and throughout the Pacific region.

The successful candidate will be provided with the unique opportunity to participate in ongoing research in a dynamic Pacific island field setting. He or she may also be trained as a member of the Rapid Response Team which could require multi-week trips to other (possibly remote) locations in search of snakes, including long hours and difficult conditions involving hot, humid and rainy inclement weather.

Travel to and from Guam is paid with a one year commitment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Fieldwork includes the hand capture of live snakes, collection of morphological data, preparation and maintenance of materials and equipment for experiments, preparation of study sites
  • Handling of live and dead animals (snake, lizards, rodents, and other vertebrates)
  • Field data collection occurs both during the day and at night.
  • Study site preparation will require the use of brush cutting equipment, power saws, and other equipment
  • Duties also include laboratory work and care of lab animals
  • The meticulous collection of field data and data entry is required while adhering to scientific and safety protocols


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Education or related field
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Applicants must be in possession of a valid passport and be able to work legally in the U.S.
  • Excellent (corrected) eyesight, health and physical stamina, a strong work ethic and the ability to work on a research team are required
  • Ability to walk over rough terrain, carry up to 50 lbs. of equipment, tolerance of climatic extremes in mosquito and spider infested areas while maintaining a sense of humor
  • Demonstrated interest in working on a nocturnal species
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills as well as the ability to produce professional quality documents
  • Ability to pass an extensive background check for access to military property

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in academic applied research, a background in international field research, experience with snake handling, a desire to live in the tropics, and a comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft word processing and database applications.

To Apply:

Apply to Job # 11712 online at Applications should include a Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Date of Availability, Passport expiration date, and a list of References saved as a single Word or PDF document.

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

About Cherokee Nation Technologies:

Since 2009, Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) has been serving government clients with time-tested solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. CNT’s expertise includes software and application services, network services, and business process services. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and client locations nationwide. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNT is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please visit the following two sites:

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may e-mail CNB [dot] Compliance [at] cn-bus [dot] com for assistance. This email address is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the application process or status.

For Pay Transparency Non Discrimination provision:

Doctoral Research Assistantship in Herpetology

Date Posted: 12 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Miami University of Ohio
Location: Oxford, Ohio
Closing date: not provided

A PhD research assistantship is available in the Global Change Biology Lab at the Miami University of Ohio. The student will join an ongoing project on evolutionary adaptations to climate change in horned lizards (genus Phrynosoma).

The student will be mainly responsible for assembly and annotation of the genome of the desert horned lizard (Phrynosomaplatyrhinos). The student will be encouraged to develop a PhD dissertation project that will leverage this new genome.

More information about this position can be found at


The candidate must be enthusiastic, hard working, reliable, willing to learn new techniques, and have a deep interest in genomics and bioinformatics.
Knowledge of programming (e.g. unix, perl, R) is a plus but is not necessary as long as the student is interested in learning these skills.

To Apply:

Inquires and applications can be send to Dr. Tereza Jezkova at tereza [dot] jezkova [at] miamioh [dot] edu. Applications will be accepted immediately and should include the following:

  • Cover letter explaining your research interests and expertise
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contacts for three professional references

Assistant Professor(s) in Population Genetics and Developmental Biology

Date Posted: 6 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Closing date: Review will begin on October 20, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled.

The Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) is seeking two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level. We are searching for outstanding scientists who study population genetics and the regulation of developmental processes.

The UL Lafayette Department of Biology is one of the largest biology programs on the Gulf Coast, with about 30 faculty members, 70 graduate students, and more than 900 undergraduate students. Support for research includes a mouse vivarium, aquatics labs, departmental vehicles, green houses, DNA sequencers and other shared instrumentation, the Ecology Center, Microscopy Center, and New Iberia Research Center (a primate facility), and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) marine lab. Opportunities for collaboration are available within the Department, and with personnel at university affiliated centers and two federal research centers (the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center and the NOAA Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center) located in the University's Research Park.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a public research university with High Research Activity and accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. With an enrollment of over 18,000 students and more than 800 full-time faculty members. UL Lafayette is the largest of nine universities in the University of Louisiana System. UL Lafayette was ranked in the top 20% for total R&D expenditures in the biological sciences in the United States by the National Science Foundation (2015 Herd Data Report). The Brookings Institution recently ranked UL Lafayette 9th for promoting social mobility among four-year public universities in the United States. Further information about UL Lafayette is available on the University's webpage at


Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in a relevant field, a significant publication record, and postdoctoral experience. Successful applicants will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program, provide instruction to undergraduates and graduate students and participate in our Ph.D. program in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology.

To Apply:

Cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, and a list of three references (including postal and email addresses) should be emailed as a single pdf attachment to: Genetics [dot] search [at] Louisiana [dot] edu (for population genetics applicants) or Development [dot] search [at] louisiana [dot] edu (for developmental biology applicants). To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by October 20, 2017.

midland watersnake coiled on a rock next to a stream
CT scan of nursery fish
western diamondback rattlesnake emerging from its hiding place