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M.S./Ph.D. Assistantship in Aquatic Insect Ecology and Systematics

Graduate & Postdoc
Expiration Date: 

We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student to begin research on aquatic insect ecology and systematics at Clemson University beginning Fall 2018. We will consider individuals interested in earning either a MS or PhD. However, applicants must meet all requirements for the degree they are seeking as outlined below (see Qualifications section). Approximately half of the student’s research will involve using aquatic insect communities to develop spatial models to describe patterns of stream impairment in South Carolina. The remainder of the student’s research will focus on systematics of aquatic insects; passion for Trichoptera welcome.

The student will be based in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University and will be co-advised by Dr. Cathy Jachowski (Assistant Professor of Freshwater Ecology) and Dr. John Morse (Professor Emeritus of Entomology). Clemson University is the largest public land grant university in the state of South Carolina and was recently designated a Research (R1) University. Clemson is a small town located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the shores of Lake Hartwell, roughly 2 h. from Atlanta, 1.5 h. from Asheville, NC and 45 min. from Greenville, SC. Campus is surrounded by the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest, providing abundant opportunities for recreation, research, and education.


Funding has been secured to support the student ($18K/year for MS or $20K/year for PhD) on a combination of teaching and research assistantships for two years with a full tuition waiver. If a PhD student is selected, the student is expected to assist in pursuing additional funding to support themselves for the final two years of their degree.


Applicants must have a strong academic record (GPA > 3.0), strong written and verbal communication skills, and possess prior experience collecting and identifying stream macroinvertebrates. In addition, applicants must have prior experience using ArcGIS software and an interest in building strong quantitative skills. Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated publication record.

Applicants for a MS assistantship must have completed a B.S. in entomology, wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources, or a related field prior to the start date.

Applicants for a PhD assistantship must have completed a M.S. in entomology, wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources, or a related field prior to the start date.

How to Apply:

Email a single PDF (.pdf) document that includes:

A 1 pg. cover letter highlighting the position you are applying for (MS or PhD), your research interests, career goals, and available start date.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing unofficial GRE scores.

Complete contact information for 3 professional references.

Unofficial transcripts.

to Dr. Cathy Jachowski at Use “Aquatic Insect Assistantship” as the subject line of the email. The final deadline to submit an application is 6 August 2018. However, given the short deadline for filling the position, applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received.


Dr. Jachowski’s website:

Dr. Morse’s website: