Toxoplasmosis in White-tailed Deer

Position Description: We are recruiting one graduate student to work on a project assessing the sublethal effects of Toxoplasma gondii infection in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in southern Texas. The student will utilize GPS data and fawn survival data to understand how T. gondii infections shape white-tailed deer movements, space-use, and recruitment. The student will engage in field work including, but not limited to, camera monitoring, field necropsy, and white-tailed deer capture. The successful candidate will pursue a MS degree in Range and Wildlife Management with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University – Kingsville. Additional duties include publication of research results and presentations at professional conferences. The student will be co-advised by Drs. Michael Cherry and Alynn Martin.

Stipend/Salary: $2,000 per month plus benefits (medical package available after completion of waiting period) and nonresident tuition waived (resident tuition fees apply but will be reimbursed to ensure a full tuition waiver)

Start date: August 01, 2023

Qualifications: B.S. in wildlife, fisheries, ecology, biology, or a closely related field. Ideal candidates will have a good work-ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Preferred: Experience using R, GIS, and/or other statistical programs. Experience carrying out undergraduate research (honors thesis, independent research project, etc.).

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Application: Please submit the following in a single PDF format by email with a subject line “WTD MS”: 1) cover letter stating your interests and career goals, 2) transcript(s), 3) resume/CV, and 4) contact information for three professional references to:

Alynn Martin
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Texas A&M University -Kingsville
Phone: 361-593-4719


Texas law requires that males 18 through 25 show proof of compliance with Federal Selective Service law in order to be eligible for employment.   

Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation to be hired for this position.