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The Texas A&M University Insect Collection (TAMUIC) has an opening for a graduate student (Ph.D. preferred) to be advised by TAMUIC Curator, Dr. John Oswald. The position is supported primarily by the NSF-CSBR funded project “Enhancement of the Ethanol-Based Collections of the Texas A&M University Insect Collection”. The student will participate in all phases of this collection-centered project (e.g., re-curation, digitization, and mentoring and training of undergraduate student workers), which involves the complete recuration of the TAMUIC’s ethanol-based holdings, and the incorporation into the TAMUIC of a large orphaned spider collection.

The ideal applicant will have a master’s degree and a strong interest in insect/arthropod collections and insect systematics. Some experience working with natural history collections, collection databases, and ethanol-preserved specimens would be helpful, but is not required. Preference may be given to applicants who have an interest in conducting dissertation research relating to the systematics of the Neuroptera, Megaloptera, or Raphidioptera. The position is available to start summer 2020 and the successful applicant is expected to start a graduate degree program at TAMU no later than Fall Semester 2020. Depending on the student’s degree program, it is expected that that program will be supported by a combination of research and teaching assistantships. 

Please send inquiries about this position to John Oswald at [log in to unmask]




John D. Oswald

Professor of Entomology

Curator, Texas A&M University Insect Collection

Department of Entomology

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX  77843-2475


E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Phone: 1-979-862-3507


Lacewing Digital Library: http://lacewing.tamu.edu/

Bibliography of the Neuropterida: http://lacewing.tamu.edu/Biblio/Main

Neuropterida Species of the World: http://lacewing.tamu.edu/SpeciesCatalog/Main