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  • Graduate assistantship (MS) on Kauai forest birds

    • Employer: Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University or School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University
      Location: Fort Collins, CO or Auburn, AL
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/15/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Two graduate positions (MS) available for Kauai forest bird research at Colorado State University and Auburn University

    The Pejchar Lab in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University and the Fantle-Lepczyk/Lepczyk lab in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University seek applicants for two MS positions to start in August 2021.

    The team’s research will assess the effect of invasive rat control on the demography and conservation of native forest birds on Kauai Island, Hawaii. This project is in close collaboration with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project. The research will be field-intensive, including many months of mistnetting, banding and resighting birds, and monitoring rat populations at a remote field site where a high proportion of the avifauna are critically endangered. In addition to field work, students will lead data analysis and publication of results in scientific journals.

    Two years of funding (GRA and GTA) are available for salary, tuition, travel, and research expenses for both MS positions. One student will be enrolled in a graduate program at Colorado State University, and the other at Auburn University.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university in biology, ecology, conservation or wildlife biology, or some other related scientific discipline
    • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Demonstrated experience with mistnetting and banding passerines (e.g., able to qualify as a subpermittee on state and federal banding permits)
    • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience with and knowledge of Hawaii’s flora and fauna
    • Experience with Program R and GIS
    • Demonstrated experience working independently as well as in close collaboration with diverse teams

    To apply please submit an application packet as a single PDF-formatted document including: (1) one-page letter of interest, which includes whether you have a preference for CSU or Auburn’s graduate program (or no preference), (2) CV or resume, (3) unofficial undergraduate transcripts, and (4) contact information for three professional references to Dr. Liba Pejchar (liba.pejchar@colostate.edu). Include “Kauai MS Positions” in the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021. Applicants from underrepresented groups in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Please send questions about the position to Dr. Liba Pejchar (liba.pejchar@colostate.edu), Dr. Jean Fantle-Lepczyk (fantle@auburn.edu), and/or Dr. Chris Lepczyk (lepczyk@auburn.edu).

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