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Graduate Assistantship Position

Posting No: GS13-2032
Hiring Unit: Department of Biological Sciences, CAS
Category: Research

Job Description: Dr. Peter Minchin is inviting applications from qualified students for a Research Assistantship in the Department of Biological Sciences. The successful applicant would be expected to enroll in the SIUE Graduate School and commence a Master of Science degree under Dr. Minchin's direction in fall, 2012. The applicant would work on an existing project funded by the Illinois Center for Transportation, the aim of which is to assess plant species and site preparation methods for the temporary stabilization of soils during transportation construction in Illinois. Field experiments will be performed at four sites in Illinois and will involve several days of travel each month to set up plantings and collect data. The successful applicant must be prepared to undertake both physical work in the field as well as data preparation and analysis in the lab.

Qualifications Required: Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree in biology, environmental science or a related field. A driver's license is essential and skills in data management and statistical analysis are highly desirable.

Period of Appointment: August 16, 2012 to August 15, 2014


1st year assistant: $919.50/month plus tuition waiver

2nd year assistant: $973.50/month plus tuition waiver

Number of Openings: 1

Closing Date For Applications: 7/31/2012 or until filled

Submit: Letter of Interest, Curriculum Vitae, transcripts and three professional references to:

Dr. Peter Minchin (
Department of Biological Sciences
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1651
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1651