Opportunities: Two PhD Assistantship Available in Ecotoxicology

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Opportunity Description:  Opportunity Description:  Seeking two highly motivated students for a PhD graduate assistantship at the University of Connecticut (Department of Natural Resources and the Environment) and the University of Southern Mississippi (Department of Coastal Sciences at the Gulf Coast Research Lab).  The positions are part of an interdisciplinary, multi-institute research program on the impacts on fish of the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Research responsibilities include all aspects of conducting a series of fish bioassays, and integrating results in a population model.  The successful applicant is expected to pursue additional research questions in the field of Ecotoxicology.  Work will begin in May or August 2013. 

Benefits:  GRA support and health benefits according to the University of Connecticut and USM guidelines respectively.  In addition there will be opportunity to travel to collaborating institutes and/or scientific meetings. 

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a MS degree or prior experience in working in a research laboratory.  Applicants should have experience with fish laboratory studies, standard laboratory techniques (ELISA, RIA, qPCR) OR population modeling.  Competitive applicants will have experience in all three.  Successful applicants will also demonstrate ability to supervise undergraduates and are highly committed to publishing peer-reviewed articles.  Candidates should be motivated to pursue additional external funding.

To Apply: To apply (or to get additional information), please email Dr. Thijs Bosker or Dr. Joe Griffitt.  Include one attachment that contains a cover letter summarizing relevant experience and stating GPA and GRE scores, your CV, and contact information for 3 references.  Also attach an unofficial copy of your transcripts.  Application deadline is March 1st and review of candidates will continue until the position has been filled.