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PhD opportunities in quantitative animal behavior and ecology

Ph.D. position (to begin in Fall 2024) in Quantitative Animal Behavior and Ecology in the Gil Lab

The Gil Lab, in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder (GilLab.org), is recruiting a Ph.D. student to work independently and collaboratively on empirical and/or theoretical research on the ecological consequences of behavioral interactions among species of coral reef fishes. The successful applicants would work with PI Dr. Mike Gil and a cross-disciplinary team of collaborators on field-based research on coral reef fish behavior and associated statistical and theoretical modeling under a recent grant from the National Science Foundation. Field methods will include high-throughput data collection, utilizing remote video camera arrays to capture landscape-scale fish movements and species interactions. Analysis of field data will include leveraging machine learning-assisted image-processing pipelines, and formulating and fitting novel algorithmic models to extensive datasets. Opportunities to develop theoretical models inspired by and/or complementary to empirical insights will abound. Funding to cover travel and equipment for field work for the selected PhD student has already been secured in the aforementioned grant.

Duration, Compensation, and How To Apply

PhD Student:
The successful applicant to the PhD position will be guaranteed 5 years of support, through a combination of teaching assistantships and (mostly) research assistantships, including summer salary; this currently amounts to a starting annual salary of ~$37K USD per year. Individuals with related work and/or scholarly experience, including those who have already earned a Master’s degree, are especially encouraged to apply. To apply, please complete this form. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.

Any questions concerning these opportunities should be directed to Mike at: Michael.Gil@colorado.edu.

Mike Gil, PhD (he/his/him)
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