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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

Graduate Assistantship in Amphibian Breeding Habitat Modeling

Date Posted: 6 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: North Dakota State University
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Closing date: 10 November 2017

A Masters or Doctoral graduate position in amphibian ecology and conservation is available to study the distribution and characteristics of amphibian breeding habitats in North Dakota. The graduate student will be co-advised by Drs. Matthew Smith and Mark Clark in the Biological Sciences Department at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota starting in January 2017.

This position is fully-funded for 3 years and includes an annual salary, a tuition waiver and is open to US students or international students. Some teaching will be required as part of the annual salary.

Funding is in support of a project with North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGF). To help inform the current status and potential management strategies of amphibians in North Dakota, the highly-motivated graduate student will work to quantify amphibian diversity and distributions in North Dakota. This project will include a mix of bioacoustic monitoring, habitat characterization and modeling, in addition to working closely with NDSU and NDGF staff to build a state-wide citizen science program focused on amphibians. The position will be primarily field-based, focusing on eastern North Dakota, but other travel and some lab-based work will likely be required.

The ideal graduate student will be independent, highly-motivated, organized, and a problem solvers. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in field-based ecology, amphibians, habitat modeling, and/or citizen science/outreach.

Minimum qualifications:

BS degree in biology, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources or related discipline, with GPA of 3.5 or higher. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated research experience (data collection, analysis, and writing). Ability to work independently and with project teams.

Preferred qualifications:

Experience with amphibian field research and/or habitat modeling. Interest in herpetology, conservation biology, or wildlife biology. Experience publishing scientific research. Advanced quantitative skills including analysis in R.

To Apply:

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Smith (matthew [dot] thomas [dot] smith [at] ndus [dot] edu). Please include a brief description of your research interests, a writing sample and a CV in your email.  

Graduate Research Opportunity in Herpetology

Date Posted: 5 Sep 2017 (Show details)

Institution: McGill University
Location: Montreal, Canada
Closing date: not provided

The DryBar Lab at McGill University (Andrew Hendry and Rowan Barrett) is starting a new research project on the genetics/genomics of ball python colour variation. The goal is to uncover the genomic regions, and possibly the specific genes, that shape this variation. The project is facilitated by extensive knowledge of the Mendelian genetics of the colour morphs and an annotated genome for the Burmese python (Python bivittatus). The project is of interest from a basic evolutionary standpoint (study of adaptive pigmentation in vertebrates) and a practical standpoint (genotyping of individual snakes).

To Apply:

Please sent transcripts to Andrew Hendry at andrew [dot] hendry [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Doctoral Fellowships in Evolutionary Biology

Date Posted: 11 Apr 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Hector Fellow Academy, University of Konstanz
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Closing date: Application periods are 1 January to 30 April and from 1 August to 31 October.

The Hector Fellow Academy is seeking applicants to conduct self-developed research projects in evolutionary biology under the supervision of Hector Fellow Prof. Axel Meyer. The positions offer full-time employment as research assistants at the University of Konstanz for a period of three years. In addition, fellows receive financial support for their research projects.

For more information and to apply online, go to

Ph.D Fellowships and Assistantships in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology

Date Posted: 22 Sep 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Closing date: not provided, but the fellowships are for students entering Fall 2016

University of Louisiana (UL) Fellowships and Louisiana Board of Regents (BoR) Fellowships will be awarded to Ph.D. students entering Fall 2016. UL Fellows are funded for 3-4 years and have limited teaching responsibilities, while BoR Fellows are funded for 4 years at and have no formal teaching duties. Stipends are up to $30,000 per year (with tuition waiver).

Eligibility requirements include US citizenship (or permanent residency) or degree from a US institution. We will also have teaching and research assistantships available for incoming Ph.D. students.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact prospective advisors. Their contact information and research interests can be found at the Department of Biology website and its graduate programs. The Department of Biology has approximately 80 graduate students and 25 graduate faculty members conducting research on a wide variety of topics.

many swamp snakes in a collector's hands
Burmese python prepares to cross a road
Collard lizard basking on a rock