We are always looking for motivated, curious, bright, creative and diligent undergraduate project students, MSc. students, PhD students and postdocs. If you want to become one, and you are interested in the research done in our lab, please e-mail Shai (firstname.lastname@example.org), preferably along with a CV, pdfs of publications (if you have already published), and description of your interests.
Right now (2022) we are looking for students &postdocs interested in pursuing studies of:
1. Reptile (and tetrapod) macroecology and macroevolution
2. large scale reptile and tetrapod conservation (with Uri Roll and potentially American collaborators)
3. Taxonomy and phylogenetics of Israeli reptiles (with Aaron Bauer)
4. Taxonomy and phylogeny of Israeli mammals, past and present (with Meirav Meiri & Nimrod Marom; Ancient DNA)
5. Reptile physiology (with Eran Levin; lab and field)
6. Island biogeography
7. Natural history and conservation aspects of neglected - or invasive, Israeli reptiles (field based).
Note that Israeli M.Sc. degrees run for two years. Ph.D.'s for four. Students normally receive full scholarship, including tuition fees, but scholarship numbers are restricted (we may have some - ask). If you can secure your own funding you have a distinct advantage.
The ten (for now) commandments of the Meiri lab
Animals are not only good models for other animals. They are interesting in their own right. If you disagree with this statement Zoology may not be the best profession for you.
Graduate students are grown up individuals. The supervisor should only educate them if they choose to be educated. The responsibility for the quality of a graduate degree is, first and foremost, the student’s. The supervisor’s job is to enable and help the student produce the best work her/his efforts merit.
Statistics are necessary and (while not the main reason why we study zoology) not (well, seldom) evil. They tell us whether our results are meaningful.
Graduate degrees are exercises in doing science. This includes writing up the research for publication. Graduate students should write papers.
The scientific language is English. Deal with it. Read it, write in it.
The main goal of doing a graduate degree is not to minimize the effort involved.
You can’t falsify hypotheses without data.
If your data are crap then no matter how sophisticated and brilliant your analyses are, you will, at most, produce processed crap.
Paying tuition fees does not oblige the university to grant you a degree. It give you the right to sit the exams.
Graduate degrees have ending dates. These ending dates mostly benefit the students: make sure you work within the timeframe of your degree.
?לא רואים עברית The scientific language is English (sometimes with Latin and Greek flavourings), not Hebrew. If you want to do science – deal with it.