Graduate Research Assistant in Pollinator Molecular Ecology

The Molecular Ecology Laboratory at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental  Science (UMCES), Appalachian Laboratory is seeking applications for a MS or PhD-level  Graduate Research Assistant. The successful applicant will work with graduate advisor Dr.  Rodney Richardson to study pollinator health.  Projects could involve questions of pollinator foraging, landscape ecology and floral resource  competition between wild and managed bee species. Students will have the opportunity to learn cutting edge metagenetic DNA sequencing techniques and utilize these tools to advance our understanding of pollinator health. This research will have real-world application by informing the conservation of declining bee species. Preference will be given to individuals who have  experience in field ecology and a willingness to learn molecular techniques.  

Start Date: August 2021 

Location: The UMCES Appalachian Laboratory is located in Frostburg, MD and strives to  prepare students to meet future challenges in the protection of natural resources, biodiversity  conservation and ecological restoration and management. Frostburg is a small college town with  a low cost of living and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Nearby amenities include numerous state forests and wildlife areas, scenic Appalachian Mountains and Frostburg State  University.  

Required Qualifications: BS in Genetics, Ecology or similar field 

Description: The assistantship will include tuition coverage, benefits and a 12-month annual stipend of approximately $26,000. Three years of support are available through research and teaching assistantships and will be extended as needed.  

Program: A PhD track applicant would matriculate through the UMCES Marine, Estuarine, and  Environmental Sciences Program (MEES). MS applicants may matriculate through either the MEES program or the Biology Department of Frostburg State University.

UMCES is an affirmative action, EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and  minorities are encouraged to apply. 

Application Materials: Prior to formally applying, prospective students should email the  following documents to Rodney Richardson ( 1) a statement of  their research experience, interests and goals, 2) a current CV, 3) unofficial transcripts of all  graduate and undergraduate education and 4) contact information for three academic references.  Inquiries received before December 1st will receive priority consideration, but the position will remain open until it is filled.

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