The Chaudhary Lab is seeking 1-2 MS graduate research assistants to assist on an NSF-funded project entitled, “Linking macroecology and traits to predict mycorrhizal fungal dispersal”. The purpose of the study is to combine trait-based ecology, macroecology, and physical laws to study the long-distance aerial dispersal of AM fungi. Project components involve synthesis work with trait databases, a large continent-scale field experiment, and controlled laboratory biophysics experiments. This project aims to illuminate the role of dispersal in driving continent-scale patterns in microbial biogeography. We will also collaborate with local schools offering ample opportunity for science communication and outreach. The position includes a stipend and tuition waiver. The position begins June 1, 2020.
The Chaudhary Lab is located in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies on the beautiful Lincoln Park Campus of DePaul University in Chicago. DePaul offers a MS program in Environmental Science with a focus on urban biodiversity management, applied ecological management, and the development of strong skills in multivariate ecological data analysis.
Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology or a similar degree is required with some experience in statistics recommended. Students interested in building skills in soil ecology, plant-microbe interactions, microbial ecology, fungal ecology, dispersal ecology, or statistical ecology are encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should email a CV, transcripts, and the names of 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Underrepresented minority applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.