Open RA / TA Positions and Graduate Funding
The College of Natural Resources offers a number of opportunities for awarding competitive funding to graduate students.
Also, each semester the Departments within the College have several teaching assistantships available for meritorious graduate students. Some of these teaching assistantships include a waiver of resident tuition and fees. If you are interested in potentially becoming a teaching assistant please discuss this option with your intended graduate advisor.
The faculty within the College do also offer Research Assistantships associated with funded projects. If you are interested, please view these announcements.
Open Research Assistantships
Spring and Fall 2018:
The Policy Analysis Group at the University of Idaho is accepting applications for potential PhD and MS research assistantships. We are looking for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing graduate degrees focused on policy analysis and economic applications in natural resources. Potential topics vary and may include evaluation of state wildfire funding mechanisms and policy responses; modeling forest product sector markets; modeling the economic contribution of natural resources to state economies; understanding the impacts of drought, wildfire, and other disturbances on communities and corresponding policy responses. For more information contact Dr. Dennis Becker or Dr. Greg Latta.
The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho is accepting applications for potential PhD and MS research assistantships. We are looking for highly qualified candidates committed to pursuing graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) focused on Renewable Materials.
Specific Projects Include:
- Polyhydroxyalkanoate bioplastics property improvements by cross-linking
- Understanding the relationship between corn and sorghum cell wall chemistry on stalk viscoelastic properties
- Chemical investigation of yeast lipid production by Raman spectroscopy-microscopy
- Examining the effect of municipal solid waste torrefaction conditions on their rheological, mechanical and physical properties of extruded pellets.
For the M.S., the minimum requirements are: B.S. in (i) Forest Products/Wood Science, (ii) Chemistry/Physics, and (iii) Chemical/Materials/Mechanical/Biological Engineering, or equivalent.
For the Ph.D., the minimum requirements would be a M.S. in (i) Forest Products/Wood Science, (ii) Chemistry/Physics, and (iii) Chemical/Materials/Mechanical/Biological Engineering, or equivalent.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact:
Dr. Armando McDonald ([email protected])
The student’s research will focus on the vulnerability of different sex and age classes of gray wolves to the timing and rate of harvest. Additionally, research will explore the link between harvest rate and the indirect effects of harvest on wolf pup survival.
The student will survey for gray wolves during summer in three long-term (since 2007) wolf research study areas in Idaho. Surveys consist of tent camping for 8-10 consecutive days, hiking long distances in mountainous habitat, and supervising a field crew of 4-8 technicians. Once wolf packs are located, fecal samples are collected for genetic analyses. A project goal is to genotype every wolf in every pack and we currently have such historic pack pedigree data which the student will use to help answer questions about wolf ecology. The student will also be expected to contribute to DNA extraction and genotyping of samples to gain a solid understanding of laboratory processes and data management.
Start date is late spring 2019 with fall 2019 being the first semester on campus. This position includes a year-round, full Research Assistantship stipend plus all tuition, fees, and student health insurance. See the following webpages for more information on the College of Natural Resources (http://divinedestinations.info/cnr) or the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences (http://divinedestinations.info/cnr/departments/fish-and-wildlife-sciences) at the University of Idaho.
Qualifications: undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology or related field (e.g., Biology, Zoology, etc.), undergraduate GPA of >3.0, and combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of >308 (>1200 in the prior 1600-point scale).
Ideal candidates will have a desire to learn and grow both as a person and a scientist. Candidates should possess a strong work ethic, experience conducting wildlife field research, and excellent written and interpersonal skills. Experience working for a state wildlife agency is beneficial. Performing an independent undergraduate research project is a plus.
To apply, please send the following materials (via email) to Dr. David Ausband ([email protected]): (1) Cover letter explaining career goals and academic interests, highlighting relevant experience, (2) resume (include GPA and GRE scores as well as contact information for >3 references), and (3) unofficial copy of undergraduate transcripts.
Closing date: December 7, 2018 at 5 p.m. PST
If your appointment as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or a combination equals 20 hours a week then the current policy of the University of Idaho is to waive non-resident tuition and fees. However, prior to accepting any offer we encourage to check with your intended graduate advisor as to what tuition or additional fees you may be responsible for.