Funded PhD position in ecophysiology in Maine

Posted on September 9, 2021
Expires: October 09, 2021

Are you interested in how temperature and environment have shaped how small mammals survive and thrive? Do you want to split your time between the jungles of Borneo and the beautiful temperate climate of Maine? If so join us!

The Levesque Lab at UMaine is looking for a graduate student to join us for a PhD on small mammal energetics in Borneo. The research will take place in Sarawak, Malaysia in close collaboration with researchers at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and will require extensive periods of fieldwork in the tropics. The student will also participate with outreach programs in collaboration with UMaine 4-H. For more details see here ( small-mammal-thermoregulation-energy-use-in-changing-climate/).

Position: PhD in either Biology ( or Ecology and Environmental Sciences ( programs/) starting in January 2022.

Funding: The position is funded for 3 years of research assistantships (full-time including summer) and will be supplemented by teaching assistantships. Funding includes tuition and fees, partial health insurance and a stipend.


  • MS in biology, zoology, physiology, ecology, or other relevant disciplines.
  • The project will involve extensive periods of time overseas therefore the willingness to

    move and spend months of the year in the field is critical.

  • A strong interest in the physiology and ecology of mammals.
  • Experience with respirometry or other ecophysiological techniques, small mammal

    trapping/handling, and/or international research experience would be a plus but are not essential. Students who have not had the opportunity to build these skills are encouraged to apply.

    GRE scores not required! Non-traditional, first-generation, BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and/or students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    To Apply: Please send a CV and a 1pg cover letter outlining your background, interest in the position and how this opportunity will help you realize your future goals to by Friday October 1st.

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