The newly created Resilience Institute Bridging Biological Training and Research (RIBBiTR) is looking for a few good students! RIBBiTR is a Biology Integration Institute, funded by the National Science Foundation to conduct research and training that integrates across sub-disciplines in the biological sciences to better understand how living systems achieve resilience to emerging infectious diseases and other global change stressors (https://ribbitr.com/). The institute is comprised of researcher/educators from nine universities within the United States, each with expertise in research and training relevant to the group’s focus on the amphibian disease, chytridiomycosis.
The institute’s students will be based at one of the institutions but will work collaboratively with other RIBBiTR team members to contribute to the core research and training missions of the institute. They will receive training and mentorship from the PI at their home institutions and from other RIBBiTR researchers with diverse skills in integrative biology. We are looking for prospective students who are excited about laboratory projects, mathematical modeling, and/or conducting field research in Panama, Brazil, or Northwest Pennsylvania (USA) to uncover individual-, population- and community-level mechanisms by which amphibians are achieving resilience to the disease caused by fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Hiring locations include: University of Nevada, University of Tennessee, University of Massachusetts, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Mississippi.
This work could include designing and conducting field surveys, collecting samples from amphibian hosts and their habitats, and collaborating on the analysis of these data within a resilience framework. In addition, we are seeking prospective students who are interested in conducting lab research focused on amphibian immunity, the microbiome, and ecophysiology to understand cellular and organismal-level mechanisms of resistance/tolerance to disease development. As such, we encourage applicants with diverse interests, including physiology/immunity, microbiology, population genomics, mathematics and statistics, and population and community ecology. Please see https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:ed348292-bbec-4538-b9bc-74f3c7e26569#pageNum=1 for more information on how to apply.