Job Announcement: Masters Student, Murray State University

Murray State University has a position available for a master’s student studying the role of bunchgrass dynamics and/or fire in determining plant diversity in longleaf pine savannas of the southeastern USA.

The successful candidate will have strong intellectual curiosity, demonstrated background in field-biology, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the capacity to learn and apply experimental statistics for study design and analysis. Position is at Murray State in western Kentucky in the lab of Paul Gagnon.

Anticipated start date is August 15, 2013.

The student will be supported for at least two years as a graduate research assistant through funds from a NSF research grant to Dr. Gagnon via Murray State. The stipend is $12k/yr with a tuition waver possible after the first year; no-cost housing is provided at Hancock Biological Station on Kentucky Lake.

To Apply: Applicants should send a single PDF file containing: 1) your CV or resume, 2) college transcripts [unofficial OK], 3) contact information for 3 academic references, 4) GRE scores [unofficial OK], and 5) a one-page statement of your research interests, related experience and career goals, to the following email address: ( The successful applicant will subsequently apply officially through Murray State. For full consideration, submit materials by June 1, 2013.

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