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  • PhD Student Positions in Studies of High-altitude Adaptation & Intermittent Hypoxia

    Kevin McCracken
    • Employer: University of Miami
      Location: Coral Gables, Florida
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/01/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Graduate student PhD positions are available beginning August 2023 to work on the evolution of hypoxia resistance in waterfowl at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, with Dr. Kevin McCracken and a team of collaborating investigators.

    We seek one or more PhD students with interests in integrated physiology and evolutionary genetics to collaborate on comparative studies of Andean waterfowl and/or related species experiencing intermittent hypoxia such as during diving underwater (including North American diving ducks). Studies are not limited to but might include respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, biochemistry of enzymes and metabolic pathways, and tissue and mitochondrial function. Students with strong computational skills and interests in population genomics and/or gene expression are especially encouraged to contact us.

    Travel to remote alpine field sites and to collaborating labs will be required. Experience and/or interest in contributing to museums collections and genetic resources is desirable. Spanish speaking/writing skills would be helpful for students working in the Andes. Students from western South American countries are especially encouraged to apply. Foreign applicants will be sponsored by the university for the F1 student visa, but applicants should be eligible for visa-free travel to Andean community countries or arrange for the equivalent valid entry documents.

    Typical duration of funding for a PhD student at the University of Miami is at least five years with stipends of approximately $28,000/year, including a full tuition waiver and health benefits with expected increases for cost of living to come each year. Both university fellowships and departmental teaching assistantships are available.

    Applications to the PhD program at UM are due 1 December 2022 for fall 2023 admission (https://biology.as.miami.edu/graduate/index.html).

    Individuals who want to apply should first send a statement including background and research interests and curriculum vitae to:

    Dr. Kevin McCracken
    Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology & Conservation
    Department of Biology
    University of Miami
    Coral Gables, FL 33146, U.S.A.
    +1 (907) 378-2100

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