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Wrightsville Beach

Wilmington is a port city in North Carolina that is nestled between the outflow of the Cape Fear river and the Atlantic ocean. The city has a vibrant historic district and beach scene, with plenty of access to coastal waterways. Adjacent areas include the Outer Banks barrier islands, the Raleigh-Durham area, and the Appalachian mountain range.

We welcome all inquiries about undergraduate and graduate positions in the lab. If you think you'd might like to join us, we're happy to hear from you. 


To be considered for a graduate position, please send an email to inquiring whether a position is available. If so, please reply with 1) a detailed curriculum vitae that includes your GPA and 2) a letter of interest outlining your rationale for pursuing a graduate degree, your career goals, and your motivation for applying to the Schweikert lab. Though you do not need to commit to a project, please include research areas of interest in your statement.


The Schweikert Lab at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is recruiting a graduate student to join the Evolutionary Neuroecology group in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology (BMB) in the Fall of 2023. The available position is for the M.S. program, with possible advancement to Ph.D. The student will be encouraged to develop an independent project with a research focus on dynamic camouflage in marine fish, examining how local vs system-level chromatophore arrangement supports color pattern generation over the skin. Support for this project comes, in part, from grant funding awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory.


Students can learn more about the lab research program here:


Research in the Schweikert Lab is integrative, and students with interest in developing histological, behavioral, and computational skills are encouraged to apply. Prior to applying to the UNCW program, interested students are encouraged to send an email to Dr. Lorian Schweikert ( that includes (1) a detailed curriculum vitae (with GPA), (2) a letter of interest outlining your rationale for pursuing a graduate degree, your career goals, and your motivation for applying to the Evolutionary Neuroecology lab, and (3) contact information for three references. Interviews for this position will begin after November 1, 2022, though interest emails will be accepted until the position is filled. The early application deadline for the graduate program at UNCW is Feb 15th 2023.


UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.