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PhD Assistantship, EES Program, Central Michigan University – Freshwater Mussel Genetics

Graduate Student and Postdoc Positions
Posted: 7/19/2017
Expiration Date: 9/30/2017

A funded PhD assistantship is available under the supervision of Dr. Dave Zanatta in the Earth and Ecosystem Science (EES) program (https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/cst/EES/Pages/default.aspx) at Central Michigan University.  The project, to be developed and lead by a PhD student, will be to compare the genetic variation among wild and captive-bred populations of freshwater mussels (Unionidae) leading to the development of genetically sound guidelines for propagating imperiled freshwater mussels.  Funding for this project is being provided through a partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  A full stipend and tuition waiver for at least 4 years will be provided.

Before applying to the PhD program, please contact Dr. Zanatta (zanat1d@cmich.edu) with a letter of interest describing your experience and background, CV, GRE scores, GPA and unofficial transcripts.

Start date:  January or May 2018

Salary: ~$25,000/yr + tuition waiver


Required:  BS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in aquatic ecology or conservation or aquaculture; experience in population/conservation genetics; strong writing and oral communication skills; good quantitative/statistics background; interest in pursuing a career in academia or research; GPA >3.0.

Preferred:  MS in Biology or related field; experience with freshwater mussels (unionids) and/or fisheries genetics; track record in publications and/or conference presentations; GPA >3.5.

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