Graduate Positions & Research Opportunities

Ph.D. Research Assistantship (Laughinghouse Lab)

Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center, University of Florida / IFAS, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33314 USA

The Laughinghouse Lab of Applied Phycology at the University of Florida / IFAS, Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center is searching for an enthusiastic student interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree working with microalgae.

The incumbent will be able to design their own project, focusing on diversity of microalgae (including cyanobacteria), toxic freshwater algal blooms, and treatment and/or bioremediation techniques of freshwater lakes and ponds.

Desired qualifications:

   * Experience with microalgae, especially toxigenic cyanobacteria
   * Competent with molecular, genetic and genomic methods
   * Experience in microbiology
   * Understanding of limnology
   * Self driven
   * Collaborative
   * Willing to conduct fieldwork in the humid and tropical climate of South Florida

Interested students should send 1) a recent CV, 2) statement of background and interests and 3) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Laughinghouse ( The position is open until filled.

For information on the Laughinghouse Lab, visit:


Posted: May 21, 2018


M.S. Assistantship (North Lab)

University of Missouri, Colombia, MO, USA

The Limnology Lab in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri (MU) is seeking a Masters student interested in cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) on a year-round basis. The research project objective is to determine if CyanoHABs are occurring in the shoulder and winter seasons, and whether or not they are producing toxins during these times. Rapidly changing seasonal physical factors may be facilitating CyanoHABs and associated declines in water quality. Is our “summer centric” approach to monitoring and mitigating CyanoHABs sufficient, or do we need to open up the black box of winter and the shoulder seasons?

The MS student will coordinate a citizen science initiative to train high school students- Reservoir Observer Student Scientists (ROSS)- to collect year-round water samples from a variety of lakes and reservoirs to assess the presence and severity of CyanoHABs. Interested candidates will conduct field work, laboratory analyses, and utilize statistical techniques to analyze their data. The successful applicant will have strong skills in these areas, a collaborative nature, an interest in working with high school students and their teachers, and a background and/or interest in limnology, aquatic ecology, and biogeochemistry. Strong writing skills are also desired.

To apply, please send: 1) cover letter outlining your background, expertise, and interests, 2) recent CV, and 3) unofficial transcripts to Dr. Rebecca North, email:

Preferred start date is Fall 2018 with an opportunity to start work this summer. For further information on the Water Resources Graduate Emphasis Area in the School of Natural Resources at MU, including application requirements, please visit:

Posted: May 7, 2018

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