PhD Graduate Student Position

A PhD Graduate student position with Dr. Matthew Helmus is available at Temple University’s Center for Biodiversity for Fall 2017. Dr. Helmus runs a joint lab in the Center with Dr. Jocelyn Behm that is focused on integrating biodiversity science with human ecology to understand contemporary patterns of biodiversity and its functioning within ecosystems.
The PhD student will research the drivers of past and present patterns of amphibian and reptile functional island biogeography. Activities performed may include:
  • Functional trait measurement
  • Data mining (literature and museum specimens)
  • Genetic sequencing
  • Caribbean field work
  • Mentoring undergraduate research assistants
  • Quantitative method development
Applicants must have prior research experience and a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in biology, environmental science, or other quantitative field. Ideal applicants are those with experience in ecology, macroevolution, statistics, and/or herpetology; but most importantly, the successful applicant will be well-organized, able to work both independently and in a team setting, and motivated to learn. This position is ideal for those craving a career in the exciting, fast-paced world of biodiversity science.
Full applications are due to Temple’s Graduate School on December 15 (November 15 for international applicants). However, interested applicants should initially contact Dr. Helmus (mrhelmus@temple.edu) well in advance of the deadline. Include in this initial contact your CV, unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of interest that describes your relevant background experiences, why you are interested in the position, and questions you have about the research, etc. Applicants are strongly encouraged to first peruse the lab website and publications prior to contact (http://www.matthelmus.com/).
The Center for Biodiversity is located in a new LEED-Gold certified building on Temple’s main campus in historic Philadelphia. The Center provides state-of-the-art biodiversity research facilities along with support staff with expertise in media development, GIS technology, and genetics. Temple University, founded in 1884, is a public R1 university with a diverse student body of ca. 40,000 students. It is the sixth largest provider of graduate school education in the U.S.A., is within the top 4% of research institutions in the U.S.A., and is in the top ten of the fastest gainers in ranking by the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the U.S.A., filled with numerous attractions (e.g., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences), amazing food, and a quick train ride to New York City and Washington DC. Philadelphia is nestled within an extensive national/state trail and park system, and is very close to Valley Forge National Park, the Pocono Mountains, the unique Pine Barren ecosystem, and the beaches of the Atlantic shore.
Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.
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Lab Manager Position (Full-Time)

A full-time position of LAB MANAGER is available at Temple University’s Center for Biodiversity within the joint lab of Drs. Matthew Helmus and Jocelyn Behm. The lab mission is to integrate biodiversity science with human ecology to understand contemporary patterns of biodiversity and its functioning within ecosystems.  The lab manager will be responsible for research activities and overseeing day-to-day operations of the lab including:

  • Data mining
  • Genetic sequencing
  • Functional trait measurement
  • Biodiversity sampling
  • Ecosystem-service assessments (in the lab and the field, including sampling birds)
  • Managing undergraduate research assistants
  • Database maintenance
  • Lab administration
Proficiency in all of these areas is not expected, instead applicants must have the ability, background, and enthusiasm to learn relevant techniques.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in biology, environmental science, or other relevant field. Ideal applicants are those with relevant prior research experience, but most importantly, the successful applicant will be well-organized, able to work both independently and in a team setting, and motivated to learn. This position is ideal for those craving experience in the exciting, fast-paced world of biodiversity science before pursuing a higher degree.
Please email applications to biodiversity@temple.edu. Include your CV, unofficial transcript, contact information for three references, and a brief letter of interest that describes your relevant background experiences, managerial skills, and why you are interested in the position.
Review of applications will begin August 12, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable, salary is commensurate with experience, and the position includes a competitive benefits package. The position is initially for one year, and can be extended two more years given positive work reviews. Possible extensions of the position are also likely as funding is acquired.
The Center for Biodiversity is located in a new LEED-Gold certified building on Temple’s main campus in historic Philadelphia. The Center provides state-of-the-art biodiversity research facilities along with support staff with expertise in media development, GIS technology, and genetics. Temple University, founded in 1884, is a public R1 university with a diverse student body of ca. 40,000 students. It is the sixth largest provider of graduate school education in the U.S., is within the top 4% of research institutions in the U.S., and is in the top ten of the fastest gainers in ranking by the US News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Philadelphia is the birthplace of America, filled with numerous attractions (e.g., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Academy of Natural Sciences), amazing food, and a quick train ride to New York City and Washington DC. Philadelphia is nestled within an extensive national/state trail and park system, and is very close to Valley Forge National Park, the Pocono Mountains, the unique Pine Barren ecosystem, and the beaches of the Atlantic shore.
Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.
For more information see:

Phylogenetics and Biodiversity meeting 17-18 April 2015 (Temple University, Philadelphia)

This special meeting brings together leading researchers who use phylogenetic trees to study biodiversity and conservation. The field has gained importance in recent years as human-caused changes in the environment have increasingly threatened species. Research has led to new methods and re-thinking of basic concepts. The meeting provides an opportunity for an exciting exchange of ideas in this dynamic area at the intersection of evolution, ecology, and global change.

http://www.biodiversitycenter.org/meeting

(an SMBE Satellite Meeting)

Special seminar on 25 February: Biodiversity Science in the Anthropocene

Please join us for this seminar by Dr. Matthew Helmus on Wednesday, 25th February at 4PM in room 504 SERC (large conference room).  The seminar is co-sponsored by Temple’s Center for Biodiversity and the Department of Biology.  Matt is a Research Fellow with the Amsterdam Global Change Institute of Vrije University, The Netherlands, and has been a visitor here (in room 502C) since the fall semester. He recently had a paper in Nature on his work with invasive species, which made the cover.   Nature 513:543-546. Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar, at 3:30 PM.