FUSE Student Researcher - Biology (Part-Time, Temporary)

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FUSE Student Researcher - Biology (Part-Time, Temporary)

Position Number: TBD

Benefits Eligible: No

Campus Location: Dahlonega

Salary Minimum: $10.05 / hour

General Summary: The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for a FUSE Student Researcher in the Biology Department as part of the Faculty - Undergraduate Summer Engagement Program (FUSE). This project will use long-term conservation data collected by rangers working for the Kibale Chimpanzee Project in Kibale National Park,Uganda. The student will work with a long-term database to 1) develop a project that focuses on the impact of snaring and other poaching activities in the national park and 2) determine if that threat can be mitigated by using long-term data to detect patterns in poaching activity. Results will help direct patrols and therefore improve the ranger's effectiveness and efficiency. The student will gain experience developing a research project from start to finish, which includes evaluating primary literature for applicable methods, working with a large data set, using statistical and mapping software to analyze data, and formulating preliminary conclusions for dissemination of results at a conference. The student will also be offered additional opportunities to learn more about chimpanzees and their conservation during the project period. If interested, the student will be provided with mentorship beyond the FUSE project period to work toward publishing the project results and collaborate with other undergraduates that are part of a research team. Students who are already members of the chimpanzee conservation research team are encouraged to apply. Must be available to work for the duration of the FUSE grant period: May 14 to June 29, 2018 (7 weeks).

Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of over 19,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

Job Duties & Responsibilities: The Student Researcher will:

  • Primary literature review on chimpanzee conservation and assessing anthropogenic threats to biodiversity
  • Further develop question(s) of interest that can be tested using the data available in the long-term database
  • Enter, clean, and prepare existing data in the long-term database for analysis
  • Develop data analysis methodologies and analyze long-term data using statistical and mapping programs
  • Draw preliminary conclusions from data analysis and produce visual illustrations of the data
  • Develop a poster presentation for conference presentation.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Must have extensive knowledge and use of Microsoft excel
  • An interest in wildlife conservation and chimpanzees

Certifications/Licenses & Minimum Requirements:
  • Currently enrolled UNG student; will not graduate prior to December 2018. Preferred disciplines: Biology, Anthropology with a focus in biological anthropology, Environmental Spatial Analysis, Geology, or Mathematics. Optional: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 4426 or ANTH 4904
  • Preferred: Experience working with data sets
  • Preferred: Background in statistical analysis (i.e., R, SPSS) and/or mapping software (i.e., qGIS)

Anticipated Hire Date: 05/14/2018

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit contact information for three professional references.

Employer Information: All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by the University of North Georgia in its sole discretion. The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex or national origin, age, disability, religion, genetics or veteran status. Georgia is an open records state. Also, UNG is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans.

We provide equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, protected veterans, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.

The University of North Georgia is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified applicants without discrimination at the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability or handicap as a matter of college policy and as required by applicable state and federal laws.





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Posted: 3/28/2018
Application Due: 4/24/2018
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