Oklahoma State University is a public institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,197 (fall 2021), its setting is city, and the campus size is 1,489 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Oklahoma State University’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 182.

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University seeks candidates for an M.S. graduate research assistantship to join a project investigating ecological effects of virtual fencing. The student will use GPS-collar data to assess how cows respond to virtual fencing, conduct field work that includes unoccupied aerial vehicle (UAV) flights, and use UAV imagery and other imagery and field data to study the ecological effects of virtual fencing. The student will work collaboratively with university scientists and graduate students.

The position is budgeted for two years beginning June 1, 2023 and includes a graduate stipend of $18,000 annually, tuition waiver, and health insurance at $20 per month (for student only, family coverage available for an additional fee).

Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. in natural resources, rangeland ecology, ecology, geography, or a related field, with a GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0) and have taken the GRE. Desired qualifications include experience with Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and an interest in rangeland ecology.

Institutional Information: The Murray Lab is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to fostering an environment where diversity of background and thought is accepted and encouraged. We encourage all interested people to apply regardless of preconceived notions of their own experience as it relates to this project’s objectives.

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. The University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of about 25,000 students located midway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the fishery, forest, rangeland, and wildlife resources of Oklahoma and beyond. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies.

EEO statement:
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions.

How to apply:

To Apply: Please combine the following into a single PDF file: 1) letter of interest, 2) current CV (including GPA and GRE scores), 3) contact information for three references, and 4) unofficial transcripts. Send the PDF file as an attachment to Dr. Bryan Murray (bryan.murray@okstate.edu), with the subject titled “M.S. Position—Ecological Effect of Virtual Fencing.” Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, please apply before 9 January 2023. If interested individuals have questions, they should contact Dr. Murray.

Contact Person Bryan Murray Contact eMail bryan.murray@okstate.edu

Salary $18,000

Start Date 06/01/2023

Last Date to Apply 01/09/2023

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