Graduate position description: The Memphis Zoo and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mississippi State University (MSU) invite applicants to apply for a graduate student fellowship (M.S. or Ph.D.) in the animal physiology interdisciplinary program. This is a collaborative program between the two institutions with research focusing on Amphibian Reproductive Physiology, under the co-supervision of the Director of Research and Conservation at the Memphis Zoo and the Associate Dean for MSU. The candidate will work on several threatened and common species of amphibians during their graduate program (e.g. Mississippi gopher frogs, boreal toads, Fowler toads, mudpuppies, Chinese giant salamanders) and will be located at Mississippi State University (MSU) as part of a multi-institutional effort. Research work will include the development of novel hormone protocols for sperm production and ovulation, in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, cryopreservation of gametes and work on improving reproductive output within captive assurance colonies of threatened species. The successful candidate will have access to considerable facilities at both institutions and will be encouraged to incorporate undergraduate researchers working for course credit or supported through the MSU Biochemistry program. The majority of work will be lab-based with some limited opportunities to work in the field. The applicant will also oversee volunteers and students that assist with care of the research amphibian colonies and be responsible for their husbandry. The candidate should have a strong interest in reproductive physiology and/or amphibian conservation (no previous experience with amphibians necessary); high degree of motivation; multi-task orientation; high degree of organization; ability to work well in a group environment; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to prepare written material and analyze data for reports; familiarity with use of Windows-based PCs and computer programs.
Minimum Qualifications: Qualifications for a M.S. candidate include an undergraduate degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science or a related field with an emphasis or interest in Reproductive Physiology or Amphibians. Ph.D. applicants should either be completing or have already obtained a M.Sc. degree. The applicant should possess extraordinary personal initiative and must have the ability and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary, collaborative research.
Position Open and Close Date: The position open date is October 1st, 2013 and the position will remain open until filled.
Instructions for Applying: Interested candidates may view this posting on the Memphis Zoo’s website at www.memphiszoo.org/jobs and should email to Joy Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org the following items: 1) A cover letter addressing aspects of the job description; 2) Curriculum vitae; and 3) The names and contact information for three references including affiliation, address, phone number, and email address, and indicating how they know you. Submissions with incomplete materials will not be considered. The selected candidate will be hired by Mississippi State University and as such a Memphis Zoo application is not required. Walk-in interviews and phone calls are not accepted.