Doctoral Research Assistantship in: Pollinator Ecosystem Services and Social-Ecological Systems Dynamics (1 position)
The University of Maine has initiated a multi-disciplinary five-year research project on the role of native pollinators in the wild blueberry agroecosystem. This project is part of a larger Northeast funded pollination project involving the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Tennessee. In this larger Northeast “umbrella” project, cranberries, blueberries, apples, and squash are focal the agroecosystems. Pollination ecology, bee disease ecology, landscape ecology, botany, economics, anthropology, pesticide chemistry, and insect pest management are the disciplines represented at the University of Maine. Pollination is the most important ecological process in production of fruits and nuts. The ecosystem service of crop pollination that the native bee community performs is a natural resource and one that some farmers protect and enhance through conservation practices. What cultural, sociological, economic, and ecological aspects of the important agroecosystems in Maine, and the Northeast in general, affect the perspectives of native bees and actions that growers may take?
This assistantship in pollinator ecosystem services, human cooperation and social- ecological systems dynamics is designed for students interested in helping develop our quantitative understanding the dynamics of human behavior and culture as it pertains to the pollination services by native bees. The graduate student will work primarily with Dr. Waring (timwaring.wordpress.com) to develop new theory and conceptual models of human-environment interaction, and help to empirically test that theory and/or develop and explore precise models of social-ecological systems. In addition, the graduate student will work with other members of the pollinator project, especially Dr. Frank Drummond (http://sbe.umaine.edu/people/faculty/), the project leader and pollination ecologist. Some potential avenues of research in this project are: 1) testing current social- ecological systems theory using freshly collected empirical data or extant datasets on native bees, pollination, and farmer responses, 2) developing mathematical and/or computer models of coupled human-natural systems, exploring their implications and requirements, and ultimately testing their predictions, and 3) using experimental research on human cooperation within social-ecological systems, especially cooperative games methods. Each focus area is described below:
1) The graduate student will work to synthesize current social-ecological systems theory from the primary literature, gather data to test critical aspects of socio-ecological systems theory such through some combination of behavioral experiments (see area 3, below), surveys, ecological field work or by finding extant datasets.
2) The graduate student will work with Dr. Waring and other faculty to develop innovative mathematical or computer models of social-ecological systems, explore different formulations of the model system, and test its properties with mathematical stability analysis or sensitivity analysis, or related means.
3) The graduate student will survey the available experimental methods for measuring ecologically-relevant aspects of human behavior, especially cooperation, help devise suitable behavioral experiment(s) to test current social-ecological systems theory, and develop those experiments for implementation on the mobile online data collection system.
A degree (preference given to individuals with an MS) in ecology or environmental science, environmental and resource economics, ecological anthropology, social psychology or a related field; excellent GPA and GRE scores; strong quantitative and computational skills; excellent communication and professionalism, demonstrated independence, and the ability to work respectfully and collaboratively in teams. Support includes a fellowship of $22-25,000/yr for four years, a tuition waiver, subsidy for health insurance.
- A letter detailing your interest in this position specifically,
- A CV or resume,
- Scanned GRE scores and transcripts,
- Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references familiar with your academic and research history.
Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Intended matriculation: Fall, 2014.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology – Review of applications will begin Oct. 1, 2013
The University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track academic-year Assistant Professor of Neurobiology to begin September 1, 2014. The successful candidate will develop an internationally recognized research program addressing questions in the broad area of neuroscience with an emphasis on physiology. Applicants with interdisciplinary interests that will complement the University’s emerging research programs in zebrafish models of muscle and neurodegenerative diseases and/or the neurobiology of stress are strongly encouraged to apply. This faculty appointment is 50% research and 50% teaching. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate course in neuroscience and a second course for students with interests in health sciences (i.e. physiology, anatomy, or cell biology). The faculty member is expected to develop and teach a graduate-level course related to their area of research. The faculty member is also expected to participate in undergraduate advising and graduate student training, and to have an active and successful extramurally supported research program. Opportunities are available for collaborations with colleagues in multiple units on campus, at Jackson Laboratory and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME, and at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME. Participation in the University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering is encouraged.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in a relevant area of biology or neuroscience is required by date of hire. Previous successful experience in conducting high-quality scientific research, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals, is required. Other benchmarks indicating likelihood for success in this position including prior success in obtaining research funding, previous effective college level instruction, mentoring, and interdisciplinary collaboration are also highly desirable.
TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, C.V., statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, copies of transcripts, and three letters of recommendation in PDF format (to: SBE@umit.maine.edu with subject heading “Neurobiology search”). Review of applications will begin October 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Appropriate background checks will be required.
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