Requesting applications for a PhD student to participate in an interdisciplinary project entitled "Urban disamenities and pests: Coupled dynamics of urban mosquito ecology and human systems across socio-economically diverse communities" funded through a NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) grant. Outstanding M.S. candidates may also be considered. Research will investigate ecological factors regulating communities of disease-vector and pest mosquitoes in Baltimore, MD using surveys, experimental manipulations, and modeling. Ecological data and findings will be integrated with data collected on upstream social factors and human health. The student will be based in the Ecology and Health Lab at the University of Maryland under the supervision of Dr. Paul Leisnham, but work closely with four other PIs with expertise in ecology, social sciences, and public health from UMD and other institutions. Research will also involve close collaboration with partners within urban communities, postdocs and other graduate students.
Applicants must have a MS in biology, ecology, or relevant field. Requirements also include: a) familiarity with aquatic insect communities, urban ecosystems, and/or integrated pest management; b) knowledge of experimental methods in ecology; c) strong background in experimental design and statistical techniques, and experience with SAS or R; d) demonstrated superior written (e.g., publications) and oral (e.g., presentations) communication skills; and e) demonstrated ability to be a committed team player. A start date of Spring, 2013 is the target. However, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
To apply, please send the following to the email address below: (1) Curriculum Vitae, (2) statement of research interests (1 pg), and (3) names and contact information of two references familiar with your research abilities. These application materials should be sent and addressed to Dr. Paul Leisnham (email@example.com) in the Dept. of Environmental Science and Technology, University of Maryland. Paul Leisnham will be attending the upcoming Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland, Or, and will be available to talk about the position with potential applicants.
Paul Leisnham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Ecology and Health
University of Maryland
Department of Environmental Science & Technology
1443 Animal Sciences (Bldg 142)
College Park, Maryland 20742-2315
301.405.8569 TEL 301.314.9023 FAX