University of Miami is a private institution that was founded in 1925. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,089 (fall 2021), its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 239 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Miami’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 55.

Environmental Psychology Innovation Center (EPIC) in the Biology Department at University of Miami (Go Canes!) is seeking a PhD student to begin August 2023 or sooner. Led by Dr. Delia Shelton, the lab will conduct field and lab experiments to understand how environmental features (e.g., pollutants, cadmium, PFAS, lead, vegetation, temperature) affect social behavior using zebrafish, neuroscience, advanced chemistry, social networks and molecular biology.

The lab is supported National Institute for Environmental Health and Safety R00 grant.  We study the environmental determinants of social behavior in wild and domesticated animals. We use field and lab studies to understand the neural and genetic mechanisms that underlie environmentally-induced behavior. 


Bachelor’s of science by matriculation
Experience with zebrafish, toxicology, animal behavior, chemistry preferred, but not required.

By joining the lab, the student will be a member of a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive research community with opportunities to lead and collaborate on new research directions. They will be mentored in all aspects of the scientific process including experimental design, data analysis, teaching, mentoring, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) practices, proposal preparation, manuscript submission, disseminating results and entrepreneurship.

The lab is housed in a state-of-the-art, palm tree-lined building nested in a cosmopolitan city with world- class arts, entertainment and beaches, Miami, Florida, USA and supported by NIH NIEHS grant and a generous startup package. Applicants from Black and Indigenous people of color and other marginalized identities, and those with interest in animal behavior and toxicology are especially encouraged to apply. To discuss this opportunity, e-mail Dr. Delia Shelton at with a brief statement of your background, interests, and a CV/resume.

Last Date to Apply: 01 /12/2022

Salary: $35K

Contact Person Delia Shelton Contact Phone 3052842494 Contact eMail

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