OPPORTUNITIES

JOBS
• PhD Graduate Assistantship – Texas A&M University

A PhD assistantship is available under the supervision of Dr. Charles Randklev and Dr. Roel Lopez in the Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing, implementing, and testing lethal and sublethal temperature assays in order to identify thermal stress in threatened mussel species. Funding for this project is from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
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• Postdoctoral Position
Assessing risks to threatened and endangered species: Modeling freshwater mussel populations.


Valery Forbes (University of Minnesota), Nika Galic (Syngenta) and Daniel Hornbach (Macalester College) are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative postdoc to work on a project assessing potential risks to threatened and endangered freshwater mussel species from pesticide exposure through population modeling. In particular this project will involve a life-history analysis of listed and non-listed freshwater mussel species inhabiting Midwest and Southeastern US water bodies and development of generic population models to represent different life-history groupings using a case study approach. Possible validation through field data and population trends from monitoring programs will be explored. Freshwater mussels provide essential services in freshwater ecosystems and represent one of the most endangered groups of animals in North America. Pesticide risk assessments are required for species listed as threatened or endangered in accordance with the Endangered Species Act, and population modeling has been recommended by the National Research Council as a valuable tool in such assessments. A major challenge in developing population models for listed species is a lack of physiological and life-history data for the vast majority of species. This project will aim to address this challenge.

The postdoc will be employed in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and co-supervised by Valery Forbes, Nika Galic and Daniel Hornbach. The position term is for 2 years, and is annually renewable depending on performance and availability of funding. The successful candidate will receive training in professional and personal development, research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, outreach, and mentoring. The position includes a competitive salary and health insurance. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A near-term start date is desired.

All applicants must have a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, ecotoxicology or a related field, and preferably be well acquainted with mussel biology and/or ecology. Expertise in modeling and/or computer programming is highly desirable.

Applications should include: (i) brief cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) a brief description of past research accomplishments (under two pages), and (v) the names and contact information for three references. All materials should be uploaded through the University of Minnesota's online system:
Visit http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/
Click the appropriate internal or external applicant link Search Job ID# 322858

• Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO)

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is currently seeking applicants for the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO). Additional details with regard to the Committee, qualifications and the application process are provided below.
To be considered for current vacancies, please apply online by January 24, 2018 and send a copy of your resume/curriculum vitae to COSSAROSecretariat@ontario.ca.
Appointment details, CLICK HERE

• Tenure-track position in Invertebrate Biology

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track position in Invertebrate Biology beginning August 18, 2018.
For more information and application, CLICK HERE

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MOLLUSK CLASSES
WVU MUSSEL CLASS - identification, life history, and ecology of WV's 64 species.
February 26 - March 2, 2018 (Instructor: Janet Clayton).
Identification test at the end of class is required to be considered for the approved surveyors list. If they do not wish to attend the class, testing will be on March 6 in Elkins, WV and they must contact Janet.l.Clayton@wv.gov to make arrangements.
Click here for more information and sign-up instructions.


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