Stephen F. Austin State University is a public institution that was founded in 1923. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,987 (fall 2020), its setting is rural, and the campus size is 430 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Stephen F. Austin State University’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities West, 54.

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University has a T.L.L. Temple graduate assistantship for a doctoral student (Ph.D. in Forestry) to begin in 2023 with a flexible start date. The position is funded for three years ($25,000/year; with potential for continued funding), and will be under the supervision of Dr. Cord Eversole as part of the wildlife ecology lab and research group at SFASU.

Although the State of Texas does not allow for direct tuition waivers, out-of-state students awarded assistantships only pay the Texas resident tuition rate. To further help defray tuition costs, $2,000 scholarships are also available through this program for qualified students. In addition to research, there also will be opportunities for the candidate to gain teaching experience.

Research Focus:
The student is expected to develop a project that addresses questions focused on the effects of invasive species (specifically Chinese tallow) and climate change on species interactions. The student will be expected to use east Texas amphibian species as model organisms in both lab and field experiments that provide empirical evidence to support conclusions relative to the outlined research topics.

Desired Qualifications:
Individuals with research interests in community ecology, invasive species ecology, conservation ecology, and herpetology are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Master of Science degree by the start date in ecology, wildlife ecology, or related field; experience with field experiments, aquatic ecosystems, amphibians, and strong quantitative skills is desired. Excellent communication and time-management skills, a strong work ethic and attention to detail also are essential. The candidate must also have a valid driver’s license.

To apply: Contact Dr. Cord Eversole: eMail

Last Date to Apply: 01/01/2023


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