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PhD Assistantship

Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute and Department
of Wildlife and Fisheries
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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.



Qualifications for PhD Student:
Required:  BS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in
aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology; strong aptitude for research, strong
analytical and oral and written scientific communication skills, attention to
detail, ability to work independently and as a team; background/experience in
GIS; valid driver’s license; valid passport and ability to travel to Mexico;
strong swimmer and comfortable in the water/snorkeling; interest in pursuing a
career in academia or research; GPA >3.0; GRE scores > 60th percentile (153
verbal and 156 quantitative).

Preferred:  MS in Biology or related field; research experience with
freshwater mussels (unionids); experience in ecotoxicology with mussels; SCUBA
certified and some dive experience; track record in publications and/or
conference presentations; GPA >3.5; GRE scores >70th percentile (156 verbal
and 159 quantitative).


Start date:  08/01/2019

More Info:

A full stipend (grant funded Research Assistantship) for 3 years will be
provided. PhD Student Salary: ~$35,000/yr (tuition + salary).
How to Apply:

Before applying to either program, please email a single PDF document to BOTH
Dr. Randklev ( AND Dr. Lopez (
that contains: (1) a letter of interest describing your qualifications,
experience and background, (2) your CV, (3) GRE scores, (4) GPA and unofficial
transcripts, and (5) contact information for 3 academic/research references.
Feel free to contact us for more information about the graduate programs, our
research, and more specifics about the project.