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Undergraduate Research Assistants - Conservation Biology: Genetics of Range Expansions
Spring through the end of summer of 2015

Posted 12 January 2015

Job Purpose: Support research for an NSF funded project examining how spatial genetic structure influences range expansions, such as in species reintroductions, climate change, or species invasions.

Job Description: Assist with laboratory experiments. The project will examine the role of spatial genetic structure in a laboratory system: the flour beetle. Students will be exposed to a modern quantitative approach in ecology and evolution. Responsibilities may include: 1) Set up and maintain experiments on dispersal and reproduction of flour beetles in laboratory microcosms, following standard protocols. 2) Enter data into Excel spreadsheets. 3) Perform molecular analysis techniques following standard protocols. 4) Opportunity and mentorship for further independent work and research experience will be available and is encouraged. 5) There will also be opportunities to interact with undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty at our collaborating lab at Colorado State University.

Job Requirements: Experience with insects or molecular biology techniques a plus but not necessary. Background or courses in at least one of environmental sciences/ecology, entomology, molecular biology, or math is required. Must be reliable and self-motivated, and able to work without direct supervision. Requires excellent computer skills. The position will give students experience in laboratory work and environmental sciences, and skills in scientific experimentation. We are especially interested in students who would like to gain research experience. Our students from past years have been very successful in pursuing scholarships and further studies.

Name of Student's Supervisors: Dr. Brett Melbourne, Topher Weiss-Lehman
Available Positions: 4-5
Hours: variable, 10.0 hrs/week on average
Hourly Rate: $10.55/hour
Time Frame: The experiment will continue this semester and through the summer. Ability to stay on throughout the duration of the experiment is encouraged, but not required.
Start Date: Immediately

How to apply: Send your resume, include your GPA, relevant classes taken, and a brief description of relevant experience to Topher Weiss-Lehman at christopher.weisslehman@colorado.edu. We need to fill the position immediately, so please send application materials as soon as possible. We will begin processing applications immediately.