[Taxacom] Position Announcement

Christopher Marshall marshach at science.oregonstate.edu
Thu Apr 29 18:14:16 CDT 2010

M.S. Position in Systematic Entomology at Oregon State University

A position for a M.S. student in systematic entomology is available at the Oregon State Arthropod Collection (OSAC) working with Dr. Christopher Marshall (OSU Department of Zoology).   This position is to be filled for the Fall 2010 semester.

The student will serve as a curatorial assistant on a large museum digitization and enhancement project centered on OSAC’s Coleoptera holdings, which includes the important Melville H. Hatch beetle collection.  While assisting with this project, the student will be trained in, and conduct a systematic revision of a selected Pacific Northwest beetle group.

Applicants should have a strong interest in insect systematics and preferably be working towards a career or further degree involving taxonomy and phylogenetics.  Demonstrable experience and/or interest in several of the following areas will strengthen a candidate’s qualifications: insect taxonomy, revisionary/monographic studies, insect morphology, molecular lab methods, phylogenetic analytical methods, insect faunistics/biogeography, biodiversity informatics.  Proficiency in English and good communication skills are essential.

Past coursework in entomology and/or experience working in a natural history museum setting is preferred but not required.  Previous experience working with Coleoptera is not required.

Applications should consist of: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research experience that explains your background, specific interest in the project, and experience/interests in the topic areas outlined above, and (4) the names and contact information for at least three scientists who have agreed to serve as professional references. Interested persons should send their application documents to Dr. Christopher Marshall, Christopher.Marshall at Oregonstate.edu.

The student selected for this position will be required to successfully enroll as graduate students in the Oregon State University, Graduate Entomology Program, Corvallis, OR, USA. For information on the Entomology Program and the application process see: http://entomology.oregonstate.edu/prospective-students. For additional information about policies and entrance requirements pertaining to university admission see: http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/graduate.php

Christopher Marshall, PhD
Curator & Collections Manager
Oregon State Arthropod Collection
Zoology - Oregon State University
Corvallis OR, 97331-2914
marshach at science.oregonstate.edu

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