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  • M.S. Assistantship - Conservation Genetics of Gray-headed Chickadees

    Guest Sarah Sonsthagen
    • Employer: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      Location: Lincoln, NE
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    M.S. Assistantship: Introgression and population genomics of gray-headed and boreal chickadees in Alaska and western Canada.

    We are seeking a candidate for a Master of Science assistantship in Applied Ecology at the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The student will develop genomic (ddRAD and hyRAD) datasets to help conduct a fine-scale analysis of genomic variability, degree of introgression (species integrity) between the declining gray-headed chickadee and closely related boreal chickadee. The successful candidate will work with samples from diverse sources. This is a collaborative project with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The aim of this project is to inform conservation actions on the gray-headed chickadee, a species designated in several national, regional, and local assessments as a bird of conservation concern. As such, a candidate with interests in conservation genetics/genomics or avian ecology is desired.

    Start Date: August 2022 (flexible)

    Salary and Benefits: $24,000 per year (2 years) will be paid through a research assistantship. Tuition and health insurance will be covered by the project.

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, evolution, genetics, or other relevant discipline. Experience with molecular biology techniques and coding in R or python is desirable, but not necessary. A willingness to learn, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic are essential.

    Contact: Please contact Sarah Sonsthagen (ssonsthagen2@unl.edu) for more information about the project. To apply, please send the following to the email address above: 1) One-page cover letter describing your interest in the position, skills, and goals, 2) CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) contact information for 3 references. UNL and NECFWRU values equity, diversity, and inclusion.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by March 31, 2022.

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