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Smith Fungal Biology Lab & Hulcr Forest Entomology Lab recruiting a motivated Ph.D. student

Oct 31

Written by: SuperUser Account
10/31/2016 11:58 AM 

The Smith Fungal Biology Lab (http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/matthew-e-smith/) and the Hulcr Forest Entomology Lab (www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org) at the University of Florida are recruiting a motivated Ph.D. student to start in Summer or Fall of 2017. We are seeking a student who is broadly interested in fungal systematics, evolutionary biology, and insect-fungi interactions to study ambrosia beetles and their symbiotic fungi as part of an NSF-funded project.

We want someone with:

• BS or (preferably) an MS degree in biological sciences

• A background that includes evolution, systematics, computational approaches and/or fungal biology

• Laboratory and molecular biology experience

• Appropriate GPA and GRE scores

• Solid English language abilities, strong scientific writing, and demonstrated ability to complete projects.

The following skills and experiences are desired but not required:

• Phylogenetic analysis

• Isolation and maintenance of fungal cultures

• Background in bioinformatics, computer science, and/or genomics

• Peer reviewed publications

Interested students should submit a brief cover letter indicating why they are appropriate for the position along with a CV to Dr. Matthew E. Smith (trufflesmith@ufl.edu). Acceptance for the position is contingent upon acceptance to the to the Ph.D. program in the UF Department of Plant Pathology (see http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/).

Applications must be received by 9 December 2016.

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