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Washington State University: MS/PhD positions in behavior and physiology

(posted 2017-10-03)


The Watts lab in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University is currently recruiting for MS or PhD positions. Broadly, research in our lab examines relationships between environmental variation, life history patterns, and the behavior and physiology of individuals, using songbirds as models. Current research centers around life history timing and the themes of seasonality, social behavior, facultative migration, and environmental/behavioral endocrinology. We are looking for candidates who are curious and motivated, and whose interests overlap with one or more research themes of the lab. Providing excellent training and mentoring for graduate students in a supportive and inclusive environment that values diversity is a priority of the lab. More information about the Watts lab can be found at https://labs.wsu.edu/watts/.

The School of Biological Sciences includes a collaborative and supportive group of researchers with strengths in integrative organismal biology, evolution, and ecology (https://sbs.wsu.edu/). Stipend support (including tuition waiver and health insurance) is available for graduate students through teaching assistantships and potentially research assistantships (see https://sbs.wsu.edu/graduate-studies/funding/ for more details). The Watts lab is based at the WSU campus in Pullman, WA. Pullman and neighboring Moscow, ID (home to the University of Idaho) make up a vibrant community with all of the benefits of two land-grant universities in a small-town setting. The surrounding area offers a variety of outdoor activities and potential field sites for research.

The deadline for applications to the Graduate School is January 10th, 2018. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Heather Watts (heather[dot]watts[at]wsu[dot]edu) in advance of the deadline. Please include in your email a description of your research interests and experience and how these fit with research in the lab, as well as a curriculum vitae that includes GPA and GRE scores (if available).