The Spatial Wildlife Ecology Lab and Physiological Ecology Lab at Southern Illinois University is seeking an outstanding PhD or MS student beginning Fall 2023. The student’s project will focus on the movement ecology of white-tailed deer and on the potential impacts of physiological and immune condition, assessed via biomarkers, on variation in deer behavior.

The incoming student will have access to long-term data on white-tailed deer movement in Illinois and have the opportunity to shape their project around their interest and qualifications. The academic home for the position is at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois under the supervision of Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau and Dr. Robin Warne.


  • MS (for PhD applicants) or BSc (for MS applicants) in Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, or Biology, or a closely related field, with a strong academic record
  • Excellent quantitative skills. Substantial experience in R and ArcGIS software. Previous experience with animal tracking data is highly desired
  • Experience working in a lab setting is also desirable
  • Ecological knowledge regarding movement ecology
  • Ability to perform fieldwork
  • Experience in trapping mammals is desirable
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including a demonstrated ability or potential to publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • Motivated with an excellent work ethic

To apply: Submit a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position, followed by CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau (  Please indicate in the object of the email whether you are applying for a MS or PhD assistantship.

Salary: ~20,000$ +tuition and benefits

Start Date 08/21/2023

Last Date to Apply May 01/2023


Contact Perso:  Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau; Contact Phone; 3157518559; Contact eMail

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