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PhD and MSc Opportunities in Embryonic Social Learning and Communication
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Posted Jul 7
Come join our growing and dynamic lab group! The Ward Lab (aka, The Animal Behavior Lab) in the Department of Biology at Ball State University has PhD and MSc opportunities available for motivated students, to begin as soon as Fall 2022 (Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 possible). Students will work on a funded project examining social learning and communication in oviparous aquatic embryos (specifically, we work with small stream fish in a controlled lab setting), in the context of embryonic learned predator recognition. Students with interests in the development of behavior, learning, social cognition, communication, and sensory ecology, are encouraged to apply.
The Ward lab is housed in the newly constructed, LEED-certified Foundational Sciences Building at Ball State University, which boasts cutting-edge design features and a new, state-of-the-art Aquatics lab ( The Department of Biology at Ball State is a collaborative and dynamic research environment with more than 30 faculty members and ~50 MSc and PhD graduate students. Interested students are encouraged to check out our departmental webpage here: Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Prospective students should contact Dr. Jessica Ward at Please include (i) a letter of motivation, including a 1-page statement of your research interests, relevant technical skills and experience, and earliest potential start date; (ii) a CV; (iii) unofficial transcripts; (iv) contact information for 3 academic references; and (v) a scientific writing sample. A working knowledge of statistics and and/or the previous completion of an MSc degree (for PhD applicants) is highly preferred.
To learn more about admissions requirements and processes, applicants may visit the university graduate admissions webpage ( Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

For more information, please reach out to 
Dr. Jessica Ward
Department of Biology
Ball State University