Ph.D. Positions, Serenari Lab at Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Position Title: Ph.D. Postition

Organization: Serenari Lab at Texas State University

Location: San Marcos, TX

Organization Overview: Serenari Lab designs and administers rigorous, applied social science research that identifies contextual factors enabling adaptive, resilient, and just wildlife conservation governance models. Their research spans the globe and helps answer the questions: how do different systems of governance a) affect capacity for effective conservation? and b) impact human well-being?

Position Overview:

Two funded Ph.D. positions beginning Fall 2023. Contingent upon satisfactory degree progress, the student will have funding for the duration their program originating from a research assistantship (RA). Prospective students will work with Dr. Chris Serenari to conduct conservation social science research in one of two areas: wildlife conservation decision making or wildlife governance. Dr. Serenari is looking for one doctoral student per specialty area.

Required qualifications:

  • Academic background/degree(s) include Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Wildlife Ecology, Psychology, Political Science, Environmental Communication, or other relevant discipline.
  • Master’s degree via thesis track
  • Ability to travel and conduct fieldwork

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with qualitative or quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Peer reviewed publications
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems

Start Dates: Fall 2023

Salary/Pay: $3,300+ per month for 12 months + tuition waiver, renewable for up to four years

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on December 23

How to Apply: To apply, please send a curriculum vitae and 1-2 page statement of your research and professional goals, including your interests and qualifications for the research project to Dr. Chris Serenari at Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The selected candidate will need to be prepared to apply to the Ph.D. in Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology program by January 15, 2023 (including paying a $55 non-refundable application fee, 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts, and, perhaps, GRE scores [see current TXST policy/departmental requirements])