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Graduate Assistantships

MS Assistantship – Multi-species Interactions During Raptor Recovery

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (MS in Raptor Biology) – The student will be advised by Dr. Jen Cruz ( to develop an independent project evaluating how competition impacts the joint recovery of raptor species in North America. The student will have the freedom to tailor research questions based on mutual interests, although they are expected to include a strong quantitative component in their work.


Seeking a self-motivated, hard-working, independent, and creative thinker who is passionate about raptors, quantitative ecology, and conservation. Minimum Qualifications: a B.S. degree in Ecology, Integrated Biology, or a related field. Excellent communication skills. Experience with relevant field work or strong quantitative background also required. Applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are especially encouraged to apply.


Includes a 9-month graduate teaching assistantship support (50 % T.A.) and summer research support renewable for up to three years, a tuition and fee waiver, health insurance, and funding for conference attendance.

To Apply

Please email Dr. Jen Cruz at with the subject line “MS application”, a single file attachment (include your full name in the file name) that includes: (1) a cover letter that highlights research interests generally and also relevant to this position, relevant qualifications and experience, and future career goals; (2) a CV that includes contact information for three references, and (3) unofficial transcripts. Applications are due by June 12th, 2020. Online interviews of a select pool of applicants are expected the following week, and the finalists will be invited to submit a formal application to Boise State’s Raptor Biology M.S. program by June 19th, 2020. Admission must be approved by the Graduate Dean. The position is part of a late-admission process, and is expected to start in August, 2020. Unfortunately, due to current uncertainty, only applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be accepted for this position.

MS Assistantship – Plant Soil Interactions

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (MS in Biology) – A position is available for an MS student to evaluate how plant-soil interactions contribute to the recovery and persistence of sagebrush in a changing climate. You will employ traditional methods in soil and plant sciences, and molecular laboratory methods to study interactions between soil microbial communities and sagebrush genotypes in existing common garden experiments. Our research is conducted in collaboration with a team of supportive scientists from the USGS-Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center.


We seek self-motivated, independent, and creative thinkers that are enthusiastic about pursuing a career in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. Minimum Qualifications: a B.S. degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Soil Science or a related field. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2020.

Stipend and tuition and fees

This position includes support in the form of a graduate teaching assistantships (renewable at 12 months for a period of three years), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance.

To Apply

Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter including a statement of research interests, qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references and copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K to Marie-Anne de Graaff (email: Please put “MS application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until June 1th, 2020.  Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s Biology MS program.  All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.

Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.