Ph.D. Assistantship- Genetics of Annual Cycles in Migratory Birds, Boise State University, Idaho

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) – at

Boise State University. A position is available for a motivated Ph.D.

student to study the genetic mechanisms underlying migration behavior and

seasonal timing in American kestrels.  American kestrels are an exciting

model species for this work because they exhibit different migratory

strategies and there is evidence that the timing of kestrel breeding and

migration has shifted in parts of their range.  This work is part of a

large, collaborative project aimed at 1) collecting empirical data on

kestrel behavior and genetic samples across their range, throughout the

year, and 2) developing models that incorporate inter-seasonal effects on

individual behavior to predict population responses to environmental change.

The PhD project will address questions about environment/genetic

associations, genotype-phenotype relationships, and adaptive capacity of

wild bird populations to respond to climate change.  Also, the Ph.D.

student will work with our team to develop innovative approaches for

integrating genetic information into individual-based simulation models.  This

project provides opportunities to collaborate with a diverse team of

faculty (Boise State, UCLA, UCSC, St. Mary=E2=80=99s University), NGO scientists

(the Peregrine Fund, HawkWatch International), land managers, students, and

technicians.  The student will have the opportunity to travel for field/lab

work or specialized training with collaborators.

We are seeking someone who 1) possess quantitative and programming skills,

2) has well-developed problem solving skills, 3) has an enthusiasm for

studying evolution/ecology, and 4) enjoys working independently and as part

of a team. Master=E2=80=99s degree with relevant experience is preferred.  Please

address your qualification for each of these points in your cover letter.

The position starts Fall (Aug) 2018.

*Stipend and tuition and fees*

This position includes support in the form of a graduate assistantships

(renewable, 12-month at $25,000), tuition and fee waiver, and health


*About the program and Boise*

The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD is a new and modern graduate

program at Boise State University. This program brings together faculty

from across multiple academic departments including biological sciences,

geosciences, anthropology, and the human-environment systems group to offer

relevant courses and provide unique mentorship and training opportunities.

Further, we have created a network of valuable connections in academia,

local relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs,

as well as partnerships with international organizations all dedicated to

providing students with transformative research and educational experiences

for diverse career opportunities. To learn more, please visit:  Boise State University embraces and welcomes

diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants

who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are

encouraged to apply.

Students in this program enjoy living in the beautiful city of Boise, which

strikes a balance with close-by outdoor recreational activities as well as

a vibrant downtown life. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

and the capital of the State of Idaho, Boise is frequently featured as a

top-ranked metropolis. In 2017, US News and World report ranked Boise the

12th best city to live in the United States.

*To Apply*

Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name

in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career

goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of

transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not

combined) to Julie Heath (email: Please put

=E2=80=9CPhD application=E2=80=9D in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as

they are received until 10 December. If you do not have GRE scores by the

deadline your application cannot be considered.  Top candidates will be

asked to formally apply to Boise State=E2=80=99s EEB program by January 20.  All

admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.