Purdue University—West Lafayette is a public institution that was founded in 1869. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 37,101 (fall 2021), its setting is city, and the campus size is 2,468 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Purdue University—West Lafayette’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #51.

We are seeking a graduate student to work on a new acoustic telemetry project aimed at addressing fish behavior and habitat use within the downtown area of the Chicago River. This position will work towards a MS degree and the questions addressed using telemetry and water quality data can be partially steered by student interests. The student will be based at Purdue University (Tomas Höök and Paris Collingsworth) but will work closely with Shedd Aquarium (Austin Happel), Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and Illinois EPA on research and outreach for the project.

Potential candidates should demonstrate an interest in fish behavior, movement, and habitat use as well as a desire to communicate science to broad audiences. Candidates will have opportunities to present their findings through various platforms including websites, social media, presentations to the public and at scientific conferences and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Our research group values diversity, equity, and inclusion both within our research team and across the community of students, researchers, natural resource managers and broader public we interact with. We are committed to equal employment opportunity practices and we welcome participation in our lab group by students and others, regardless of race, color, religion, place of origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disability, or veteran status. We aim to foster a welcoming environment. We value discussion from diverse perspectives. And, we compel respectful communication and actions.

Salary: Assistantship includes 12-month stipend, full tuition coverage, and insurance


The position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please submit: 1-2 page statement of interest in the position, CV, GRE scores (optional; unofficial is fine), transcript (unofficial), and names and contact information for three references to Tomas Höök (thook@purdue.edu; http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~thook) and Paris Collingsworth (pcolling@purdue.edu).

Last Date to Apply: 01/12/2022

Start Date: 01/02/2023

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