PhD positions in Microbial Symbiosis at Utah State University and the University of Georgia
The von Dohlen lab (Department of Biology, Utah State University, Logan, UT) and the Burke lab (Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA) are recruiting PhD students for the Fall semester starting in 2017.
Research projects focus upon symbiotic relationships between microbes and animals, and use functional and evolutionary genetics and genomics to examine how these kinds of relationships can occur and are maintained. In particular, opportunities exist for graduate students to participate in our collaborative research on the fascinating mutualistic bacterial symbionts harbored by sap-sucking insects known as adelgids.
Graduate students are supported during their programs through Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Research Assistantships (RAs), which include tuition waivers and health insurance subsidies. Additional funding exists for graduate student research costs and travel to scientific meetings.
Utah State University (www.usu.edu) is a Carnegie R2 research university located in Logan, Utah. The Department of Biology (www.biology.usu.edu) is the largest department in the College of Science, with particular strengths in evolution, ecology (including microbial), genomics, and insect biology. Degrees are offered in both Biology and Ecology. Faculty and graduate students are highly collegial and collaborative; many are affiliated with the inter-departmental Ecology Center (ecology.usu.edu). The von Dohlen lab is equipped for molecular biology, genomics, and insect biology research. Logan is a city of 50,000, located in the Cache Valley on the western slope of the Northern Wasatch Range, 80 miles north of the state capitol, Salt Lake City.
The University of Georgia is a Carnegie R1 research university located in Athens, Georgia. The University of Georgia Entomology department (www.ent.uga.edu) has strong representation of faculty studying host/microbe relationships and vector biology, creating a collaborative environment in which students can benefit from interaction with other faculty and students. The Burke lab has been recently renovated and is well-equipped for molecular biology and genomics research. Athens is a city of 100,000 located in the Piedmont basin south of the Appalachian mountains in a green and leafy environment.
Interested candidates should contact Carol von Dohlen (email@example.com) or Gaelen Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a description of your 1) academic background, 2) research experience, and 3) general and specific interests in research; in addition, please include 4) contact information for three references, and 5) a current resume or Curriculum Vitae.
|Carol von Dohlen
Department of Biology
Utah State University
Phone (435) 797-2549
|Department of Entomology
University of Georgia
Phone (706) 542-1863