Join Us

Enthusiastic students from Temple University can gain research experience with our team at the Center for Biodiversity. Students may volunteer, gain University credit, and be paid via funds available through Temple’s URP, the Diamond Research Scholars Program, Merit Scholar Programs or other fellowships. For more information on our projects, click here.

If you are interested in a position, please email your resume or CV, a brief statement of your interest, and your unofficial transcript to either Dr. Behm or Dr. Helmus (depending on your interests). Explain in the brief statement why you are interested in joining the team and what your career goals are following graduation.

Graduate Students 
Each year, we accept a select few MS and Ph.D. students. If we do not have a formal announcement listed, then we do still encourage potential students to contact us directly. Applicants should first read through the publications and the information on our website, and then send a brief letter of interest, a CV, and unofficial transcripts to either Dr. Behm or Dr. Helmus. In the letter, include why you are interested in joining the team, indicate what about our research seems exciting to you, and what you might like to work on while a graduate student. Application details on Temple’s Biology Graduate program are found here. Also, see Temple University Graduate School and Department of Biology.

Periodically we will hire postdocs to work on particular funded projects. We encourage potential postdocs to look into their own fellowships and are very happy to work closely with a potential applicant in developing a proposal to a funding agency.

International Collaborators and Students
Our research has a strong international component and we have extensive experience both living and researching outside of the U.S.A. (Mexico, the Caribbean, the Netherlands, and China). We encourage international students and potential collaborators to contact us about particular ideas or projects of interest. Our team can help to arrange short to mid stays at the Center for Biodiversity. The Center has state-of-the-art facilities for biodiversity science research including a dedicated genetics facility, large growth chambers, and extensive computing power. We are enthusiastic to work with potential collaborators on proposals through their local funding agencies to fund their stay.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Master’s students (or other international students) who are interested should see our projects and then send a contact email to either Dr. Behm or Dr. Helmus (depending on your interests). In that email please send a brief letter of interest, a CV, and your unofficial transcripts.

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