PhD Research Assistantship: Caddisfly Diversity on a Changing Planet
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Type: Part Time
Salary: $25,000 per year
Position includes full tuition waiver, healthcare included in fees, and 5% annual salary raises upon satisfactory performance.
Start date: January 2024 or as soon thereafter as possible. Application review: Immediately; position will remain open until filled. Responsibilities: We are seeking an enthusiastic PhD student to be co-advised by Drs John Morse and Brandon Peoples at Clemson University. This NSF-funded project will investigate how multiple dimensions of caddisfly diversity (taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic) respond to anthropogenic stressors across continents. The student will work as part of a diverse international research team and will collaborate with graduate students and postdocs at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and Nanjing Agricultural University (China). The project will involve developing creative research questions, sampling adult and juvenile caddisflies from streams across a gradient of human stress, lab-based species identification, developing statistical models, and other duties as needed.
To apply, please send application packets to Drs John Morse (email@example.com) and Brandon Peoples (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject indicating “PhD Application”. Packets should include a single PDF containing 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the project and career goals, and 2) your CV, including at least 3 references. The GRE is not required for admission to Clemson or to work with our team.
Candidates must have: A MS degree in freshwater science, ecology, biology, or equivalent Competitive practical experience in freshwater research Demonstrated excellence in written, verbal, and quantitative skills
Ideal candidates will have some combination of experience in: Working in streams Aquatic insect sampling and identification Aquatic insect ecology and/or systematics Experience or interest in international research Analysis using R software, GIS, etc. Scientific writing and communication
Clemson University is situated on 1,400 acres in Upstate South Carolina, with one edge of campus resting on the waters of Lake Hartwell and the other deep in the Experimental Forest. Midway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, Clemson offers students the convenience of a small town with easy access to the attractions found in major cities. Achieving Thomas Green Clemson’s vision of “a high seminary of learning” to develop “the material resources of the State” for the people of South Carolina is the mission that binds together researchers, teachers and faculty members at Clemson every day. United in the pursuit of this vision, Clemson employees and strategic partners collaborate to move South Carolina’s people and industries forward.