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The Bobeck lab is currently looking for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to study the neurobiology of pain and opioid tolerance and addiction using imaging, molecular, and behavioral techniques. Candidates with experience in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information see www.bobecklab.weebly.com and email Dr. Erin Bobeck (erin.bobeck@usu.edu) your CV, research interest statement, and contact information for 3 references.

 

We are currently recruiting for PhD students in the lab to start in the 2017 academic year. We are an inter-disciplinary lab, studying the interactions between community ecology and evolutionary biology using cutting-edge statistical techniques. We are looking for two students: one with experience in ecological and/or evolutionary modelling, and another with experience in plant ecology and fieldwork. These positions are fully-funded, and include money to travel to conferences and working groups. Click here to find out more information and apply or email (will.pearse@usu.edu)

 

The von Dohlen lab (vondohlenlab.wordpress.com/) is recruiting highly qualified and motivated individuals for graduate study in summer/fall 2017. Research areas include evolution of sap-feeding insects and their bacterial endosymbionts, evolution of gall formation in sap-feeding insects, and insect molecular phylogenetics. Preferred qualifications include a background in evolution, ecology, entomology, genomics, molecular phylogenetics, and an ability to work in a collaborative environment. Students are funded by research assistantships and teaching assistantships, but are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research funding, e.g., NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (www.nsfgrfp.org/) and Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13568/nsf13568.htm). In-state tuition award and student insurance are included. Before applying, contact Dr. Carol von Dohlen (carol.vondohlen@usu.edu) with your interest.

If you would like to apply, please provide in your email a CV/resume (include GPA and GRE scores), a statement of purpose, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled; however, apply by January 15 to be considered for available fellowships and participation in the graduate recruitment weekend, February 24-25, 2017. The von Dohlen lab is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. For more information, see www.biology.usu.edu/education/graduate-program/prospective_students. Utah State University is a land-grant institution located in the Cache valley of northern Utah, surrounded by mountains and with easy access to Salt Lake City, many national parks, national monuments, and wilderness areas. Learn more about USU biology at biology.usu.edu.

Two PhD and one MS graduate student assistantships are available in the Ecology Center and the Department of Biology at Utah State University, Logan, UT, beginning summer or fall 2016, as part of a USDA-AFRI project examining how soil microbial growth efficiencies (MGE) are influenced by drought in rangeland and agro-ecosystems. Soil microbial growth efficiency (aka carbon-use efficiency) is a key variable regulating greenhouse gas emissions from soil, as well as rates of carbon and nutrient sequestration and release. Biogeochemical models are extremely sensitive to variation in MGE, yet we have a poor understanding of how environmental variables influence MGE. This project will utilize stable isotope techniques to examine how variation in soil moisture regulates MGE in sagebrush steppe, irrigated pasture, and conventional and organic cropland ecosystems. The ideal applicant will have: background in soil science, microbial or plant ecology, biogeochemistry, or a related area; good chemistry and quantitative skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and the ability to work closely with others and independently at field sites. Interested individuals should send a CV to John Stark (john.stark@usu.edu), Department of Biology, Utah State University, Logan, UT.

 

The Waring lab is recruiting graduate students to work on projects related to plant-soil interactions and soil biogeochemistry. Applicants should have a strong research interest in plant-soil feedbacks, mycorrhizal ecology, and/or soil carbon cycling. Research in the Waring lab takes place in a diverse array of ecosystems, from semiarid grasslands to tropical forests, and is highly interdisciplinary, spanning plant, microbial, and ecosystem ecology. Candidates with lab or field experience in any of these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. The Waring lab is located at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, a beautiful town with easy access to many amazing parks and Salt Lake City. For inquiries about the position, please contact (bonnie.waring@usu.edu) with a cover letter and CV.

 

Graduate positions are available in the research group of Dr. Noelle G. Beckman in the Department of Biology and Ecology Center at Utah State University. The Beckman Lab investigates interactions between plants and their environment occurring over multiple scales and examines the role of these interactions in limiting plant populations and maintaining biodiversity. Many of these interactions are disrupted by global change, and we examine the consequences of these disruptions for plant communities and ecosystem functions. The research group uses a combination of empirical and quantitative approaches to address our research questions. Examples of ongoing projects include: 1) synthesizing data with mathematical models to predict extinction risk of plant species to climate change, 2) understanding the importance of seed dispersal under global change, and 3) examining the influence of dispersal and plant consumers on plant spatial patterns. Before applying, interested candidates should contact Dr. Beckman (noelle.beckman AT usu.edu) with a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for two references. The Beckman Lab is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. More details about the position 

 

A PhD position is available in the Beckman Lab in the Biology Department & Ecology Center at Utah State University to investigate macroevolutionary patterns of trait variation in leaves, fruit, and seeds of trees and shrubs in Panama using a metabolomics approach. Plants experience simultaneous and often conflicting selective pressures from a diversity of antagonists and mutualists that feed on different plant parts at different stages of development. Yet, the large body of theory developed to understand plant defense has focused almost exclusively on leaves and leaf herbivores, with little integration of the important interactions in other parts, such as fruits. This project aims to extend leaf defense theory to better understand patterns of trait variation and interactions that occur across leaves, fruits, and seeds. An ideal candidate would have prior experience working with tropical plants or conducting chemical analyses; experience working with UPLC is a plus. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Beckman (noelle.beckman AT usu.edu) with a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for two references. In your letter, include a description of your research interests and why you are interested in joining the research group as well as a summary of your prior research experience and your academic background (e.g., relevant coursework). The Beckman Lab is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. More details about the research group and applying are available here: http://seedscape.github.io/BeckmanLab/GraduatePosition.html

 

Post-doc, PhD, and MS positions are available in the Department of Biology at Utah State University, Logan, on a USDA project examining how soil microbial growth efficiencies are influenced by drought in rangeland and agro-ecosystems. For more information, contact John Stark (john.stark@usu.edu).

 

The Waring lab is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to participate in a project examining microbial mechanisms of soil carbon stabilization across large environmental gradients in Utah. The ideal applicant will have ample experience with soil biogeochemistry and/or soil metagenomics, excellent writing and communication skills, and a solid publication record. Previous experience working with stable isotopes is preferred but not required. The position offers competitive salary and benefits and is based in Logan, UT, in the beautiful Cache Valley. For more information, please contact (bonnie.waring@usu.edu) with a cover letter and CV.

 

We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to participate in a project examining microbial mechanisms of soil carbon stabilization across large environmental gradients in Utah. The project is aimed at understanding how microbial physiology (carbon use efficiency and enzyme production) and community structure impact long-term fate of litter-derived carbon in mineral soil. The position is for one year with the likelihood of extension up to 2 years total.

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Research Opportunities for Graduate Students


This funding is available for all degrees, MS and PhD in Biology and Ecology. For more information see https://climateadaptation.usu.edu/ .