Job Posting

Undergraduate Research Assistant – Animal Behavior and Psychoacoustics

Biological Sciences

Position Information


The Gerhardt Lab is seeking an undergraduate research assistant starting in the Summer to join our research team! Our laboratory studies basic mechanisms and evolution of acoustic communication in amphibian anurans (frogs, tree frogs, and toads). In the current project, we are investigating toad’s capability of learning sounds and perceiving small changes in the sound’s pitch. Toads are trained to learn the task of exiting a T-maze. They are rewarded with food if they choose the door associated with the target sound. Our research assistants will help with behavioral testing, daily animal care, and husbandry. We request students that can assist starting during the summer of 2019.

Required Skills

We prefer students familiar with biology and animal handling. Must have some availability during 2:00-5:00 of the week (Does not need to be every day). Availability for some weekend days, on either a Saturday or Sunday (whichever fits their schedule) is also preferred. Eventually, students can also participate in fieldwork to collect tree frogs and toads.

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