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Ph.D. and M.S. Graduate Research Assistantships

Date of posting here December 16, 2011
Type of position One Ph.D. and two M.S. level Graduate Research Assistantships
Employer Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Group. Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. Montana State University (MSU), Bozeman
Description of Employer As a Land Grant University, MSU has been designated as one of the 96 research universities with “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. MSU hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. Information about the Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Group can be found at http://weedeco.msu.montana.edu
Location Bozeman, Montana. USA
Description of Location MSU is located in Bozeman, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams, and the Gallatin National Forest. Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of MSU, and pristine natural environment make Bozeman one of America’s most desirable university towns.
Salary Competitve
Benefits Affordable student health insurance
Closing date of competition Until suitable candidates are found
Date position available Until suitable candidates are found
Description of duties PhD. Molecular, physiological, and ecological characterization of herbicide resistance. This laboratory, greenhouse and field study will 1) Investigate the resistance spectrum, metabolism patterns, molecular biology, and genetics of multiple resistance, 2) Compare the impacts of environmental and biological stressors on the demography, ecological fitness, and primary physiology of herbicide resistance, and 3) Refine simulation models to assess herbicide resistance phenotype frequency, dynamics, and spread.MS. Impact of targeted sheep herbivory on insect and plant communities. The successful candidate will assess insect (Carabid beetle and pea aphids) and plant communities responses to targeted domestic sheep grazing. This study will be conducted in both annual and perennial cropping systems and rangelands and involves frequent and overnight travel to and from research sites within Montana.

MS. Multi-trophic interactions between spotted knapweed and insects. This project investigates effects of spotted knapweed and its associated biological control agents on native plant community dynamics using a network approach to assess multi-trophic pollinator, herbivore and parasitoid interactions. We will 1) Assess the effects of spotted knapweed on community-level pollination patterns and 2) Determine the effects of spotted knapweed and its biocontrols and associated parasitoids on native plant reproduction.

Qualifications sought Candidates must hold a BS or MS degree in ecology, weed science, plant science, or related field. Excellent work ethic, team player, and proficiency in English language (written and oral) are required.
Application procedure
Submit what
Submit 1) letter of application describing career goals and research interests, 2) resume, transcripts, and 3) names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. GRE and TOEFL scores (if required) are mandatory.
Submit to
Electronic applications are accepted

PhD. Molecular, physiological, and ecological characterization of herbicide resistance. Dr. Fabian Menalled. menalled@montana.edu. (406) 994-4783 or Dr. Bill Dyer wdyer@montana.edu(406) 994-5063

MS. Impact of targeted sheep herbivory on insect and plant communities. Dr. Fabian Menalled. menalled@montana.edu. (406) 994-4783

MS. Multi-trophic interactions between spotted knapweed and insects. Dr. Jane Mangold. Jane.mangold@montana.edu. (406) 994-5513

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