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Graduate (PhD and MS) and Postdoctoral positions at Texas State University

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Seeking applicants to join a large, well-funded, multi-disciplinary, and highly collaborative group of researchers working on a large-scale project: “Quantifying drivers of native and non-native aquatic species abundance and distribution in drought- and flood-prone Texas basins". The project is a collaboration between TX State University and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center.

The Schwalb Stream Ecology Lab is looking to fill the following positions.

Graduate Students: A MS and a PhD position is available for a highly motivated student with excellent problem-solving and written and oral communication skills. Experience with macroinvertebrates and/or freshwater mussels and sampling in rivers are preferred. Other preferred skills and experience include an advanced understanding of stream ecology, basic to advanced knowledge and experience with GIS applications (e.g., Arc, QGIS).

and statistical analyses using R. Depending on thesis/dissertation topics, graduate research could include experiments in artificial stream and/or field work. Field work could include remote and sometimes difficult areas and conditions using kayaks, canoes and boats, and multiple day research trips with backcountry camping could be required. A 12-month Graduate Research Assistantship and graduate tuition are provided.

Post-doctoral Researcher: One full-time post-doctoral faculty position is immediately available for a highly motivated applicant with strong quantitative skills, background in (meta)community and stream ecology, proficiency in R, and with excellent data-management skills. The applicant should also have excellent problem-solving, collaboration, and communication (written and oral) skills. A Ph.D. in Biology, Environmental Science, or a related science field is required at the time of employment. A record of publication in peer-reviewed literature is preferred.
The selected candidate will work on a project that will combine data mining of existing data, field sampling, experiments in artificial streams and modeling, and will be expected to be a key part of a large and multi-disciplinary group of PIs, other post-docs, students, and technicians, and will mentor and work closely with students at all levels.

Our collaborative group at Texas State University, a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, wants to contribute to an increase in diversity (visible and invisible) in aquatic sciences and we are especially interested in applicants who share our commitment to equity and the high-quality education of students from historically underserved and systematically marginalized communities. For all positions we seek and encourage candidates from under-represented groups to apply. Applicants for all positions are encouraged to describe how they will support and contribute to our efforts build and maintain a diverse and inclusive research team.

Persons interested in applying should submit a letter of intent, resume, and list of at least 3 references (with email addresses). Materials should be submitted together as a single word or PDF file entitled “applicantslastname _application”.

Questions concerning the position and application packets should be e-mailed to Astrid Schwalb at

More information about the Stream Ecology lab can be found at: