Funding is currently available for an outstanding MSc or PhD student interested in avian neurobiology. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to engage in both field and lab based research aimed at understanding neuroanatomical and behavioural diversity within and across bird species (http://scholar.ulethbridge.ca/iwaniuk/home). This includes access to one of the largest anatomical collections of bird brains in the world, with over 170 species representing a diverse array of orders and families. To support labwork, we have dedicated microscopy facilities, including a high resolution slide scanner allowing us to create "virtual slides". As of Fall 2019, we will be housed in a new science building with new wet and dry labs as well as spacious animal holding facilities (http://www.destinationproject.ca/). To support fieldwork, we have a dedicated 4x4 field vehicle and mobile lab for preparing samples and storing field equipment (e.g., Song Meters, traps, nets, etc.). Our fieldwork takes us to the Rocky Mountains, foothills and prairie regions of western Canada, depending on the species being studied. Opportunities are also available for students to collaborate with researchers at other institutions in Canada, the USA, Australia and elsewhere as well as travel to national and international conferences.
The University of Lethbridge offers competitive scholarship funding, including tuition waivers, for applicants based on grades and research experience. Potential students must have a background in biology, psychology or neuroscience, some research experience (of any kind) and a valid driver’s license.
Located in southern Alberta and very close to the Rocky Mountains, Lethbridge offers a sunny, dry climate, which is surprisingly mild for the prairies, excellent recreational amenities, including birding, and a reasonable cost of living. The University of Lethbridge is a top-ranked Canadian university that is home to several major research centres, including the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience and the Water Institute for Sustainable Environments as well as a recently renovated field station in the Crown of the Continent region of the Rocky Mountains.
To apply, send: 1) a c.v.; 2) unofficial copies of academic transcripts; and 3) a brief description of your research interests to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received. Start dates are flexible, but there are deadlines set by the university for graduate student applications.