PhD Assistantship: Designing a Mixed-Mode Survey for Collecting Deer Hunter 
Data in North Dakota


Salary: Approximately $26,000 per year plus tuition waiver

A graduate research assistantship (PhD) in wildlife harvest management is 
available at the 
University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks through support from the North 
Game and Fish Department (NDGF). To help inform wildlife harvest management 
decisions, the highly-motivated student will work closely with NDGF and UND 
project staff 
to design a mixed-mode survey for collecting deer hunter harvest data in North 
The first objective of this study is to evaluate strategies for supplementing 
existing mailed 
deer harvest surveys with electronic versions. Second, a series of power 
simulations will 
be conducted to evaluate trade-offs between sample size and response rate, and 
evaluate precision of harvest estimates. Finally, time permitting, the student 
may include 
additional harvests (e.g., fall turkey, furbearer) and test alternate vehicles 
(e.g., phone 
app) for delivering electronic surveys.

This position will be primarily lab-based within the Department of Biology at 
UND. The 
student will receive her/his PhD in Biology and be part of the Boulanger Lab 

Minimum qualifications:
MS degree in human dimensions, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources or 
related discipline, 
with GPA of 3.5 or higher 
Excellent oral and written communication skills 
Strong GRE scores in quantitative and verbal areas 
Demonstrated research experience (data collection, analysis, and writing) 
Ability to work independently and with project teams

Preferred qualifications:
Experience developing survey research instruments
Interest in game management and social science research
Experience publishing scientific research 
Advanced quantitative skills including analysis in SPSS or R

To apply:
Please send an electronic application via email in PDF format (preferably a 
document) consisting of 1) a cover letter clearly articulating your background, 
research and education interests, and career goals; 2) C.V.; 3) transcripts and 
GPA for 
undergraduate and MS graduate program (can be unofficial); 4) GRE scores (taken 
within 5 
years; can be unofficial); and 5) name, position, phone number, email address, 
affiliation, and research area of three references to Dr. Jay Boulanger, 
Assistant Professor 
of Wildlife Ecology and Human Dimensions ( with the 
“Hunter harvest PhD student application” in the subject line. 

The preferred, official start date is January 2018, with the possibility of 
starting earlier in 
the fall semester. Expected project funding and duration is 4 years. Review of 
will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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