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University of South Dakota: MS and PhD Positions in Comparative Functional Morphology, Biomechanics and the Physiology of Movement

(posted 2017-11-02)

The Anderson Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of South Dakota is recruiting Masters (MS) and PhD students for the Spring and Fall semesters of 2018. We are particularly interested in filling anticipated openings available starting in January 2018.

Motivated students interested in comparative functional morphology, biomechanics, the physiology of movement and physiological ecology are invited to apply. Research in the lab generally focuses on the morphological, biomechanical and physiological mechanisms underlying feeding and locomotion, and how these mechanisms evolve and vary across environments. Much of our work incorporates a combination of laboratory and field studies, and uses techniques that span multiple functional levels, often in a comparative context, to answer broadly applicable and ecologically relevant questions. Students are encouraged to develop their own projects within this broad framework, however opportunities may be available for pre-defined projects as well.

Resources in the lab include setups for biplanar high-speed videography, electromyography, in situ and in vitro muscle contractile physiology, bite force measurements, anatomical dissection, reptile and amphibian housing, and other techniques. Graduate Assistantships are available for students entering the MS and PhD program, primarily in the form of Teaching Assistantships, which include stipend and partial tuition waiver support. Students will be expected to apply for external funding to supplement the costs of their research and develop their professional skills.

Interested students should contact Dr. Anderson directly at with a description of their research interests and a current CV.

Please contact Dr. Anderson as soon as possible for application information for Spring (January) 2018 admission. Priority application deadline for Fall (August) 2018 admission is February 15, 2018.

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