North Dakota State University is a public institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,199 (fall 2021), its setting is city, and the campus size is 261 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. North Dakota State University’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 285.

The Heidinger Lab: The environment is changing rapidly and understanding why some individuals are more resilient than others is increasingly urgent. We take an integrative approach to studying the mechanisms that allow organisms to respond to environmental challenges. We conduct our research on house sparrows (Passer domesticus), small songbirds first introduced to the U.S. in the mid 1800’s that are model organisms for studying evolutionary responses to environmental conditions. Our results and the techniques we use can be readily applied to other systems, and we enjoy collaborations with researchers working with diverse organisms.

The Heidinger lab seeks a highly enthusiastic and motivated Ph.D. student to join the lab in the Biological Sciences Department at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, ND.

The student will contribute to a highly integrative, NSF funded study examining how house sparrows are responding to climate change along a latitudinal gradient and develop projects related to this general theme. The student will join a highly collegial and dynamic research group and department with several researchers with expertise in evolutionary ecology, physiology, and behavior. The student will also collaborate with a network of scientists at other institutions and gain skills in avian field research, and hormone and molecular analyses.

Qualifications Undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences or a related field. Experience with avian field research and/or hormone or molecular analyses is a plus.

The position will begin by the Fall 2023 semester and competitive stipend funding and tuition waivers via teaching and/or research assistantships are available to support this position. Students may enroll in either the Biological Sciences or the Environmental and Conservation Sciences graduate programs at NDSU (

How to apply:

If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr. Britt Heidinger at no later than December 1st, 2022. Please include the following information in your email: 1) a brief cover letter outlining your research interests and experiences and reason for applying for this position, 2) a curriculum vitae that includes your GPA, and 3) contact information for two potential references.

Contact Person Britt Heidinger Contact eMail

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