We are seeking highly motivated international MS and PhD students to join our lab starting from September 2022. Based in Beijing Forestry University, China, our work aims to answer basic ecological and evolutionary questions in life history and behaviors of birds. Our ongoing projects are mostly about: 1) behavioral and evolutionary ecology of the cooperative breeding black-throated tits and silver-throated tits, such as the benefits and costs of their helping behavior, and factors related to the occurrence of helping; and 2) the function and fitness consequence of behavioral laterality (specifically, footedness) of great tits and yellow-bellied tits. The successful applicants will work on existing research projects, or develop an independent project within the research interest of the lab. Funding for research projects will be provided, and the selected candidates will have an opportunity to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship which can fully or partially cover tuition, accommodation, stipend, and medical insurance.
All applicants are expected to possess strong interests in animal behaviors, ornithology or ecology, and have strong writing and oral communication skills. Also, the applicants who are capable of working independently and within a team, are preferred.
For For information about the Chinese Government Scholarship and the graduate programs for international students at Beijing Forestry University, please visit http://www.campuschina.org and http://ic.bjfu.edu.cn/english/home, respectively.
The position will remain open until suitable candidates are found, but it is expected that the applications could apply as early as possible because it may take some time to complete the procedures for the application of the Chinese Government Scholarship.
To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications, a CV, and names and contact information of three references to Dr. Jianqiang Li (firstname.lastname@example.org). Informal inquiries are also welcome.