[MARMAM] Interdisciplinary PhD Position: Marine Mammal Ecology & One Health (University of Maine)

Kristina Cammen kristina.cammen at maine.edu
Wed Feb 5 05:11:23 PST 2020

As part of a new National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT)
program in Convergence of Social and Biophysical Sciences to Optimize
Training in One Health, the University of Maine seeks to hire a PhD student
to study marine mammal disease ecology and ocean health. The student will
be expected to take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the
biological, ecological, and social drivers of disease outbreaks in gray and
harbor seals in the North Atlantic.  We anticipate that immunogenomic
sequencing and epidemiology-informed population models will be used to
explore differential species susceptibility, and stakeholder surveys will
be used to assess the incorporation of disease risk and public perception
in the protected species management decision-making process. The student
will also have the opportunity to participate in a related internship with
a state, regional, or federal agency or non-profit partner to gain direct
experience with relevant policy.

The student will be co-advised by Dr. Kristina Cammen (http://cammenlab.org)
and Dr. Carly Sponarski (https://umaine.edu/sponarskilab/).  Graduate
students can join our labs through the School of Marine Sciences or Ecology
and Environmental Sciences programs at the University of Maine,
located in Orono,
an hour to the ocean and an hour and a half to Maine’s highest peak.  As
part of the new NRT program, the student will enter these programs as a
member of an interdisciplinary cohort of PhD and MS students who share
similar interests across One Health. For more information about the
interdisciplinary graduate training program in One and the Environment, see
our program website here: https://nsfa.umaine.edu/one-health/one-health-nrt/

The successful candidate must have a strong background in marine mammal
ecology and/or ecological genomics, as well as a demonstrated interest in
human dimensions of wildlife and/or wildlife policy. Prior experience with
genetics, genomics, and/or bioinformatics will be particularly
beneficial.  Individuals
who are intellectually curious, responsible, willing to learn,
team-oriented, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply. An
M.S. in a related field is preferred, but qualified candidates with
extensive experience will be considered.

The selected candidate is guaranteed an annual stipend, free tuition and
fees, and subsidized health insurance coverage for two years supported by
the current NSF grant. We anticipate that subsequent years of support will
be provided through a combination of teaching assistantships, research
assistantships, and student-awarded fellowships.  Students must be U.S.
citizens or permanent residents to receive NRT funding.  As part of the
National Science Foundation’s and our commitment to broadening
participation, we especially encourage women, underrepresented minorities,
first-generation students, veterans, and students with disabilities to

To apply, please send a cover letter describing your qualifications, why you
are interested in pursuing a PhD and in this NRT program in particular, and
your prior experience working in interdisciplinary teams. Please also send
a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and the contact information for
at least three references. All application materials should be sent to
kristina.cammen at maine.edu <Kristina.cammen at maine.edu> with “Marine Mammal
Health PhD Student Search” as the subject line of your email. All
applications received before February 21, 2020 will receive full
consideration, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis
thereafter until the position is filled. A start date of September 2020 is
strongly preferred.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on
the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including
transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship
status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in
employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Please
contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 N. Stevens Hall, Orono, ME
04469 at 207-581-1226 (voice), TTY 711 (Maine Relay System), or
equal.opportunity at maine.edu with questions or concerns.

Kristina Cammen
Assistant Professor of Marine Mammal Science
School of Marine Sciences

5735 Hitchner Hall, Rm 151A
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

Email: kristina.cammen at maine.edu
Phone: 207-581-2820
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