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  • Ph.D. position in tropical avian ecology


    Corey Tarwater
    • Employer: University of Wyoming
      Location: Gamboa, Panama and Laramie, WY
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    I am looking for a highly motivated, extremely hard-working, creative, and quantitative-minded Ph.D. student to work on army-ant-following birds and to ask questions related to social behavior, the consequences of behavior on communities, and flexibility in behavior.

    Successful applicants will be expected to be part of a larger team collecting data in Panama on the recruitment of birds to swarms, the costs and benefits of attending ant swarms, and behavioral interactions of birds at swarms. There will be flexibility for students to develop particular foci for their dissertation. I anticipate that two chapters will be focused on an experiment that is part of a new NSF grant, while the other two chapters will be developed by the student. Students will be collecting data in Panama for 4 – 8 months per year for the first few years. Students will also have the opportunity to aid in my long-term mist-netting study (for details see www.tarwaterlab.com).

    Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a team environment, present results at professional conferences, publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and assist with preparation of grant proposals.

    Students will be funded off of a Research Assistantship for their first 2.5 years and for the remaining time of their Ph.D.s, they will be funded off of a combination of Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. Assistantships include a living wage, tuition, and benefits.

    Qualifications: Candidates must possess a B.S. or M.S. degree in biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or a related field. Ideal candidates would have 2+ years of field experience, including experience in the mist-netting of passerines, and ideally some experience with large data sets and R, proficiency in Spanish, and experience in writing manuscripts. Preference will also be given to applicants with experience in tropical avian ecology. I strongly encourage underrepresented students in STEM and international students to apply.

    Contact:  Dr. Corey E. Tarwater (corey.tarwater@uwyo.edu). Please provide a single document that includes a cover letter outlining experience and specific interests related to tropical avian ecology and behavior, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for 3 references familiar with your experience and qualifications. If an international student, please include your TOEFL scores. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Successful applicants would ideally start sometime between May – August of 2022, but there is flexibility if students wanted to start later in the fall or early in 2023.

    The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy.  Please see www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness

    We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.




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