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  • Masters Position in Avian Evolution/Genetics/Behavior

    Alec Lindsay
    • Employer: Northern Michigan University
      Location: Marquette, MI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Seeking applicants for a Master of Science candidate to join our lab in Fall 2019. Students have the opportunity to develop an independent project within the scope of the core research interests of the lab. We use a combination of field techniques and molecular genetic tools to address evolutionary, behavioral and ecological questions. Our work has largely focused on loons and chickadees, and graduate student theses that focus on these species will benefit from a color-banded chickadee population (with RFID tags), a large loon genetic sample archive, and growing genomic database. Northern Michigan University sits on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula.

    Applicants should possess a strong understanding of basic principles of evolution, ecology, genetics, and behavior,and should preferably have prior research experience. Experience with Python, R-scripting, and database management is preferred. Additional desirable qualities include an aptitude for working independently, strong communication and analytical skills, enthusiasm for research in both the field and the lab, evidence of an ability to think creatively, a good academic record, and familiarity with molecular genetic tools. Successful applicant must meet the NMU Biology graduate program requirements (http://www.nmu.edu/biology/node/80). A two-year teaching assistantship (tuition/fee waiver, annual stipend, laptop computer) may be awarded to qualified students on a competitive basis.

    Formal applications are due 1 March, but potential candidates should contact Dr. Alec Lindsay (alindsay@nmu.edu) by email by 10 January, including a brief statement of research interests, a CV, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis.

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