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Graduate Research Assistant Position - Invasive Ecology of a Fungal Pathogen. Bushley and Malvik labs, University of Minnesota

Jul 17

Written by: SuperUser Account
7/17/2017 12:20 PM 

A position is available for a graduate research assistant at the M.S. or Ph.D. level in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota (plpa.cfans.umn.edu).  The overall goals of the project are to understand the roles of biotic and abiotic interactions in contributing to the spread and invasiveness of Fusarium virguliforme, the causal agent of soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS). The project will investigate traits of this fungal pathogen that may enable spread and establishment of the pathogen in multiple cropping environments, including bioassays to assess variation in selected phenotypic traits across a panel of isolates from a broad geographical distribution.

This will be a joint position between the Malvick Lab in the Dept. of Plant Pathology (plpa.cfans.umn.edu/people/faculty/dean-malvick) and the Bushley lab in the Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology (www.cbs.umn.edu/plantbio/faculty/kathrynbushley).  The University of Minnesota is a diverse, interdisciplinary, and stimulating research environment that values ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity.  The University is also home to a vibrant community of researchers with strong expertise in mycology, genetics, plant pathology, ecology, and host-microbe interactions.

To apply:  Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Dean Malvick (dmalvick@umn.edu) or Dr. Kathryn Bushley (kbushley@umn.edu).  Informal inquiries are welcome. To be considered for this assistantship and for acceptance into the Department of Plant Pathology, students must apply to the graduate program. For general information on our programs, criteria for acceptance, and procedures for applying to the Graduate School please see the links below.  The departmental web page at http://plpa.cfans.umn.edu/ is a source for most or all of the information you will need.  There you can learn more about the graduate program, application procedures, funding opportunities, our current students, faculty and their research interests, and life in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.  Applications to the Graduate School are made at: http://www.grad.umn.edu/.  Specific instructions about the application process and requirements for the Plant Pathology Graduate Program can be found at: http://plpa.cfans.umn.edu/academics/applying.  The position is available beginning in January, 2018 or possibly sooner.

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