Opportunities for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Study
Current Graduate and Post-Doctoral Opportunities
Posted: December 2011
PhD Assistantships (2) in community ecology
Michigan State University
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program // Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Topics: Community Ecology, Trophic interactions, Non-consumptive predator effects, Animal Behavior, Phenotypic Plasticity
We seek applicants who are interested in studying community and aquatic ecology starting in Fall 2012. We currently have funding for students to join a research effort examining non-consumptive effects (also called trait-mediated effects) of predators on zooplankton communities in Michigan ponds. Potential projects include examining predator-induced effects on zooplankton phenotype (including behavior) and how these induced effects influence zooplankton population and community dynamics. While particular PhD projects are flexible within the scope of the overall project, the positions could include integration of field, laboratory and ecological modeling. One of the positions will be given to a student interested in their research including ecological theory /modeling. Collaborators include Scott Peacor, Brian Roth, Ace Sarnelle and Earl Werner. For an example of related work, see the paper: Peacor et al. 2012. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:122-128.
Stipends are competitive based on qualifications, and health and tuition waiver benefits are included.
Position is open until filled. Applications will be evaluated as received with an initial goal to select candidates before the end of the year. Later applicants may be considered.
To apply, please send an email with assistantship in the subject line to Scott Peacor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(1)* CV/resume. Include GPA and GRE scores, and list of 3 references
(2) Cover letter describing general and specific research interests/experiences, brief statement of professional goals (e.g., plans after finishing the graduate training)
(3) Transcripts (do not need to be official), or list of relevant courses (including math/physical sciences/modeling/statistics)
*If emailing to inquire about position, please include (1) above
General information for students interested in applying to my lab
GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING AVAILABLE
If you would like to contact me to express general interest in graduate research in my lab, please send the following:
(1) Letter briefly describing your background, explaining why you are particularly interested in working in my lab, and outlining your learning and research objectives as a graduate student
(2) An up-to-date resume
(3) A copy (unofficial is fine) of your most recent transcript (snail mail) or summarize your undergraduate (and graduate if you have a Masters degree already) GPA and courses completed (email)
(4) Your GRE scores
I will send you an email note acknowledging receipt of your package, and will include it with other applications I may have received for six months, or until I contact you about an opportunity. If you have not received an acknowledgement, send me an email - it may mean the package never arrived.
If you have a truly excellent academic record there are opportunities at Michigan State University for fellowship support, particularly for PhD students. In this case, the requirement for me to generate my own funding to support you is greatly reduced. If, upon reviewing your package, I believe you are a strong candidate for a fellowship, I will contact you immediately. Applications for the fellowships are normally submitted in January. Our department has been very successful in receiving these awards.