The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival (CSS) is offering a laboratory technician and support internship to assist with ongoing research on rare and endangered species through CSS’s Department of Reproduction endocrinology laboratory. Interns will receive training under the supervision of our technicians on laboratory management, materials supply, lab maintenance and reproductive research.
The Department of Reproductive Sciences is a world leader in the study of rare and endangered species. The department faculty is diverse, but specializes in reproductive physiology, endocrinology, cryobiology, embryonic/molecular biology, behavior, and the tools associated with assisted reproduction. Staff scientists have pioneered important concepts in reproductive biology for threatened and endangered species and created new conservation tools, including new approaches for noninvasive monitoring of hormone profiles; artificial insemination; implementation of a “mobile laboratory research” unit; and databases to track cryo-preserved biomaterials. More than 60 mammal, fish, coral, urchin, algal, and bird species have benefited from this vast experience.
Interns will receive training under the supervision of the Department of Reproductive Sciences staff. Activities will entail research in the laboratory, record keeping, laboratory and equipment maintenance, data analyses, and data presentation. Students will gain first-hand experience in the operations of a laboratory – from ordering supplies to material preparation as well as on fundamental biological questions while working alongside highly experienced researchers from the National Zoological Park. Research activities may include noninvasive hormone monitoring, gamete biology (sperm and eggs), gonadal tissue cryopreservation, and animal behavior.
Species studied include the cheetah, clouded leopard, African lion, Eld’s deer, scimitar-horned oryx, addra gazelle, Przewalski’s horse, Persian onager, Panamanian golden frog, elephant, maned wolf, Asiatic wild dog and whooping crane.
Intern should be able to work for five months or longer, starting in early September 2013.
Deadline for applying is July 31, 2013.
This unpaid internship is available at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Credit for participation is dependent upon university’s requirements and approval.
On-site dormitory-style housing will be provided free of cost.
Go to https://solaa.si.edu to create an account in the Smithsonian On-Line Academic Appointment System; go to Internship Opportunities section and submit the following application materials to the National Zoological Park Internship Program: