Diversity and inclusion are more than just words for us. These are central in guiding how we come together as a research team, cultivate excellence, and go forth into the world to share our discoveries and our love of our work. If this sounds good to you, then please inquire about joining the lab!
Do you love science, but not all the stress? Would you like to engage in cutting-edge research, but not have to think about writing grant proposals and papers? Do you have strong organizational skills, enjoy handling fascinating insects, and like working with students? If so, then this position could be for you! I am hiring a research scientist to start in August 2023 (start date flexible). This position is for someone with a Ph.D., though I will consider those with a M.S. degree as well. What matters most is a positive attitude, dedication to learn, communication skills, and organization skills. The successful applicant will run NSF-funded experiments, engage with a broad group of researchers across fields, keep the lab organized and running smoothly, and work closely with undergraduate and M.S. - level researchers. I care about the people who work with me, and all positions involve opportunities to pursue your own interests and to work to your own strengths. If you'd like to know more about what this position could mean for you, just send me an email with your CV attached, Dr. Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunity #1: In February 2024 an exciting position is opening up for a postdoctoral researcher to work on NSF-funded experiments for up to three years. We need someone with Ph.D. research experience in biomechanics, evolutionary biology, animal behavior or all three (no previous experience with insects is required). This project involves working with collaborators at KIT Germany, the University of Cambridge, and Imperial College. Feel free to contact me anytime for more details and for application materials. I will start considering applications in February 2023. The final deadline for applications is September 1, 2023. Opportunity #2: Are you interested in a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship? If so, I will work on you to put together ideas for your proposal. Send me an email, Dr. Miller, email@example.com.
Prospective graduate students
I am looking for students with substantial research experience and strong motivation to do great science. You do NOT need previous experience with insects, instead I'm looking for students with a solid understanding of evolutionary biology, ecology, and/or animal behavior. This next cohort of students will work at the interface of ecology, evolution, biomechanics, and behavior using insects in Family Coreidae, the leaf-footed bugs. If you would like to consider working as part of our research group, send an email to Dr. Christine Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org. In this email, please include 1) a description of the kinds of research questions that you would like to pursue, 2) how these incorporate ecology, evolution, biomechanics, and behavior, 3) how your research ideas link to previous work in the lab, 3) a brief overview of your previous and current academic and research experiences, 4) a CV, 5) an unofficial transcript, and 5) why you feel you are ready for graduate school. I sort through applications and hold interviews before students apply to the UF Graduate Program (to save students time and money).
Graduate student funding: all accepted graduate students receive UF tuition and a stipend. You may qualify for a prestigious University of Florida Graduate Fellowship. Also, have you heard of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program? The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of at least $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution. If you are interested in writing a NSF GRFP proposal, try to contact me by the July before you plan to apply for graduate school (well over a year before starting)!
Undergraduate research positions & internships
Are you interested in scientific research? Are you considering a career in evolutionary biology, ecology, or animal behavior? If so, this is the lab for you. Drop us a line to see if we have any undergraduate research positions or internships available. Your research will matter -- it will advance science and may even end up being taught in courses at UF! Academic credit is available for at least the first semester, and then many students apply for funding through the University Scholars Program, McNair Program, and others. We have high standards for our undergraduate researchers, and the sky is the limit in terms of undergraduate successes. This lab is a great place to start your scientific research career! For inquiries, email Dr. Miller, email@example.com.
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