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South Dakota State University (Insect Biodiversity Lab)

graduate research assistant at either the MS (2-2.5 year) or PhD (4 yr) level

Native Bees of Prairie Remnants
Graduate Research Assistantship (MS/PhD):

The Insect Biodiversity Lab at South Dakota State University seeks a graduate research assistant at either the MS (2-2.5 year) or PhD (4 yr) level to conduct an inventory focused on the native bees occurring in prairie remnants in northeastern South Dakota. Non-native species will be included in the survey only from a faunal component basis. The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability with or to learn basic bee taxonomy. Habitat characterization and floral preferences will be done. Spring and summer seasons will include considerable fieldwork. Curatorial work in the Severin-McDaniel Insect Research Collection is required, including database contributions in taxonomic groups related to the project. Production of scientific publications and posters, and participation in scientific meetings and conferences is expected.

This position is available now and applications will be reviewed until a qualified candidate is identified.

Qualifications include prior academic degrees (B.S. and M.S., as applicable, or their equivalents) in entomology, zoology, biology, or a closely related discipline. Applicants must meet academic requirements of, and acceptance by, the SDSU Graduate School and the Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science Department. A background in zoological taxonomy, biodiversity inventory, or environmental or conservation biology is desired. Demonstrable skill in bee taxonomy is highly desired. The selected person will be expected to work independently and collaboratively with a diversity of people in the field and the lab, in a professionally  focused manner.  An ability to legally and safely operate a motor vehicle in off-road condition is essential.

Interested persons must submit an introductory 1-2 page letter cogently written that describes relevant experiences, melittological interests, qualifications, and professional goals; and names and contact information for 3 persons able to be academic or professional references. Applications to: .

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made at 605/688-4504 (TTY 605/688-4394).