Job: M.S Research Assistantship – Fisheries eDNA Metabarcoding

Title M.S Research Assistantship – Fisheries eDNA Metabarcoding
Agency, Location Illinois Natural History Survey/ Prairie Research Institute
Categories Apply, Student
Job # 13971
Salary Includes a 50% research assistantship with tuition waiver through the University of Illinois.

Seeking 1 MS student to conduct research quantifying fish communities in the Upper Midwest via genetic metabarcoding of environmental DNA (eDNA) samples. Expected to develop, implement, and disseminate results of their fisheries-related eDNA metabarcoding research, with an emphasis on aquatic invasive fish species and threatened, endangered, and rare fishes.


B.S. in fisheries biology, ecology, natural resources, environmental sciences, or related fields is required. Individuals with BIOPC are encouraged to apply as well. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license, be able to swim, have strong quantitative, computational, and analytical skills, have a competitive GPA (>3.0) and GRE scores, and demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a group. Applicants with a strong background in fisheries and aquatic ecology research, statistical modeling using R and GIS software, and familiarity with modern molecular genetic techniques and bioinformatics will be preferred. The prospective student must show good leadership and organizational skills and have strong self-motivation. The applicant should be available and prepared to start coursework in January 2021 at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (NRES program).


Ad Closing Date: September 1, 2020


Dr. Mark Davis at [email protected]