We are recruiting a student for a graduate research assistantship (PhD). Student will help investigate management regimes in working rangelands that differ in their use of fire and grazing. The student will study the effects on wildlife, particularly insect pollinators. The student will be part of a highly collaborative team consisting of numerous faculty and students. We expect this work will substantially improve our understanding of how fire and grazing disturbances in the Northern Great Plains can maximize rangeland ecosystem services, while also using that information to evaluate, demonstrate, and ultimately help improve rangeland management.
Candidates must have a Bachler’s degree from an accredited university. A Master’s degree with relevant research experiences and outputs (papers, presentations, etc.) is preferred. The most competitive applicants will also have field experience including previous work with livestock, vegetation, and/or pollinators. Furthermore, the most competitive applicants should have experience with quantitative/statistical programs (i.e., ArcGIS, R statistical environment) and research methods. Students will be expected to work well independently and with a team. Evidence of written work may be requested during the interview process.
Assistantship appointments may vary in length and are contingent upon the availability of funding. Terms on duties and responsibilities will be provided on the graduate assistantship contract.
- Students must be registered for graduate credit each semester (fall and spring) they receive an assistantship and must be in good academic standing and maintaining satisfactory progress toward their degree. In addition, international students must maintain the appropriate residency status.
- Teaching assistants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency (refer to section titled "English Language Proficiency Procedures for Graduate Teaching Assistants").
- Students offered a graduate teaching or graduate service assistantship must consent to a criminal background check. This includes graduate researchers teaching in a lab.
- Students placed on Academic Warning may retain their assistantship. Students placed on Probation may no longer receive an assistantship.
- Required annual training must be completed within 30 days of start date and yearly thereafter.