Hiring Two Ph.D. Grad Students!

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The Kelley Lab (Behavioral Complexity Lab) and the Tarwater Lab (Avian Ecology and Behavior) in the Department of Zoology & Physiology at the University of Wyoming are hiring a total of two Ph.D. students interested in working on army-ant-following birds to explore the evolution of social behavior, the consequences of behavior on communities, and flexibility in behavior, as part of a newly funded NSF grant. One student will be advised by Dr. Tarwater and the other student will be advised by Dr. Kelley, but we will be part of a collaborative team investigating different aspects of army ant-following birds. Field work will take place in Panama for 6- 8 months each year.

Each Ph.D. position is fully-funded for 2.5 years, with an annual stipend of $23,000. For the remainder of the time, student salary will be covered through teaching assistants or other acquired grants. Tuition, fees, and health insurance costs will be covered. Successful applicants would start early Summer 2022. 

Qualifications: Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a team environment, manage a field crew, present results at professional conferences, apply to other grants as needed, and publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets. Candidates must possess a B.S. or M.S. degree in biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, or a related field and have 2+ years of field experience (including experience in the mist-netting and behavioral observations of birds). Ideal candidates would have proficiency in Spanish, some practical experience working with and analyzing large data sets, and experience in writing manuscripts. Preference will also be given to applicants with experience in tropical avian ecology. We strongly encourage underrepresented students in STEM and international students to apply.  

Application timeline and procedure: Applications are due 28-February-2022. To apply, submit a single PDF containing the following components: [1] a cover letter (2 page maximum) that includes a description of your academic background, future plans, and why you are interesting in joining our labs, [2] a curriculum vitae (2-page max), [3] the name and contact information of three references, and [4] unofficial transcripts (a PDF download from your undergrad university’s registrar office). If you are an international student, please include your TOEFL scores. Even though there are two Principal Investigators, please only submit one application as we will review applications jointly.

Submit your application using this Google Application Form.


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