Graduate Positions & Research Opportunities


M.S. Assistanship, Algal Community Ecology (Rober Lab)

Ball State University, Muncia, IN, USA

The Rober Lab in the Department of Biology at Ball State University has an opening for a MS level Graduate Assistant to study algal community ecology in freshwater ecosystems.  Ideally, the successful applicant will have a background in algal ecology and/or algal taxonomy and a willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings. The qualified candidate will have the opportunity to work as part of a collaborative team examining algal community responses to climate change processes and the consequences of community alterations for ecosystem function. Please see the lab website for more details: http://roberlab.weebly.com/

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in this area of research, please send your CV, a list of three references (along with contact phone and email), and a cover letter (1 -page or less) summarizing your qualifications and research interests to Dr. Allison Rober. Application requirements can be found at http://www.bsu.edu/biology/. Preferred start date is August 2017. Application review is currently underway and will continue until candidates are selected. 


M.S. or Ph.D. positions: Synthetic Ecology and the Evolution of Symbiosis (Hom Lab, Fall 2017)

University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, USA

Graduate assistantships are available to support Masters or PhD students in the Hom Lab at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).  We are generally interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic factors facilitate the formation, persistence, and evolution of species interactions, notably those that are symbiotic.  We are particularly fond of studying interactions involving fungi and algae and use a predominantly synthetic approach to address our questions (see Science 345:94-98).  Our lab is seeking bright, highly motivated, and disciplined students with an appetite for discovery and adventure to join us in pursuing research projects of mutual interest in areas that include (but are not limited to): experimental evolution, synthetic ecology, Eco-Evo-Devo, eukaryotic metagenomics, bioinformatics, applied microbiology, and the ecology and biodiversity of microbial consortia in both laboratory and field contexts.  We offer students substantial flexibility to define their own research project(s) and/or to contribute to one or more ongoing projects in our growing research portfolio.  Members of our lab come from all over the world and we are deeply committed to community outreach and the continual expansion of our international collaborations (e.g., see http://mycophygolife.org).  Stipend support will be a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and includes tuition waivers and health benefits. The desired start date for these positions is August 2017.

The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie R1 institution undergoing an exciting phase of growth.  The university is located in Oxford, a diverse and idyllic college town in northern Mississippi, about 1 hour south of Memphis, TN.  The comedian, Lewis Black, described it best when he said: “Oxford is to Mississippi what Austin is to Texas.”  Oxford is not only about football and baseball, but is also home to a vibrant music, arts, and literary community with strong historic ties to William Faulkner and The Blues.

We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply.  Those with a particular interest in STEM education and outreach within an underserved region are also highly encouraged to apply—there are great opportunities to serve.

For consideration and/or more information, please contact Dr. Hom (erik@olemiss.edu), +1-662-915-1731, http://darwinsdaemon.com) preferably before January 15, 2017.

Requirements for graduate admissions can be found here: http://goo.gl/t1CfcR

To apply, please send a single PDF file that includes:
1) a cover letter explaining your specific research interest(s) and qualifications/research experience,
2) your curriculum vitae,
3) a scientific writing sample,
4) school transcript(s),
5) GRE scores (note: quantitative and verbal scores should each be >150), and
6) contact information for at least 3 references.


M.S. or Ph.D. with harmful algae (Zimba Lab)

Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX, USA

MS or PhD student preferred for Fall 2017 at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.  Paul Zimba (www.ccs.tamucc.edu) hopes to attract one student to work in a chemistry intensive harmful algae laboratory.  Equipment includes HPLC-MS, HPLC-MS/MS, and HPLC-TOF systems applied to freshwater, estuarine, and marine algae.  Research includes species identification (Zimba et al. in press. Identification of a new to science cyanobacterium Toxifilum mysidocida GEN. NOV. & SP. NOV. (Cyanobacteria, Cyanophyceae), J. Phycology), oyster reef ecology (Zimba et al. 2016. Benthic microalgae serve as the major food resource for porcelain crabs (Petrolisthes spp.) in oyster reefs: Digestive track content and pigment evidence, J Mar Biol. Ecol. 483:53–58), artificial reef formation using seawater electrolysis, euglenophycin toxin studies (Wahome et al. 2015,  Augmenting Anti-Cancer Natural Products with a Small Molecule Adjuvant, Marine Drugs 13:65-75). Interested students should identify specific questions/research foci and contact me at Paul.zimba@tamucc.edu.


M.S. Assistanship, Aquatic Microbial Ecology (Wyatt Lab)

Ball State University, Ball State, IN, USA

The Wyatt Lab in the Department of Biology at Ball State University has an opening for a MS level Graduate Assistant to study aquatic microbial ecology. Our laboratory focuses mainly on algae-bacteria interactions. Ideally, the successful applicant will have a background in microbial ecology and a willingness to work in both field and laboratory settings. The assistantship will allow the qualified candidate the opportunity to work on cutting edge research on microbial responses to climate change processes and the consequences of community alterations for biogeochemical cycling.  There are a number of specific research foci that can be addressed and study sites may include Alaska, high alpine lakes, and the Great Lakes region.  Please see the lab website for more details: http://khwyatt.iweb.bsu.edu/.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in this area of research, please send your CV, a list of three references, and a short statement summarizing your qualifications and research interests to Dr. Kevin Wyatt at khwyatt@bsu.edu. Application requirements can be found at http://www.bsu.edu/biology/. Preferred start date is August 2017. 


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