Current Opportunities in the Boone & Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center
Doctoral Research Assistant - Wildlife Population Ecology
Position Summary: The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University invites applications for the position of Doctoral Research Assistant. The intent of this position is to investigate new approaches to estimating wildlife populations with precision across a gradient of landscape scales from local to regional extents. This work will involve field and model-based techniques to produce estimates of wildlife abundance. The Doctoral Research Assistant will work as part of a team of doctoral students, postdoctoral research associates, and faculty at Michigan State University, and biologists with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This team is building movement behavior, disease transmission, and population dynamics into risk models to characterize potential for spread of diseases in deer and evaluate novel management solutions.
Program Support: Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is one of the largest programs of its kind, with 45 core faculty (http://canr.msu.edu/fw). The Department hosts the Boone and Crockett Quantitative Wildlife Center (http://bcqwc.org/), where this position is based. The position carries up to five years of funding in the form of a research assistantship.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a master’s degree in wildlife ecology or a related field, an aptitude for quantitative analysis, and excellent communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with federal or state wildlife agencies. Prior experience with field projects is preferred but not required.
Assistantship Details: $22,000 annual stipend, tuition, and health benefits.
Start Date: Start date for assistantship is August 16, 2019. Funding is available for doctoral research assistant to begin fieldwork component in summer 2019.
Applications: For more information about the position, contact Dr. Sonja Christensen (email@example.com) or Dr. David Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org). Submit applications to Dr. Rose Stewart (email@example.com), with “Wildlife Population Ecology” in the subject line. A single PDF file is preferred, including: a letter of intent, CV, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, GRE scores, and a list of three references. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.