MSc position – Hellbender Gut Microbiome Research

Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
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Graduate Assistantships
15K plus tuition remission
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The Microbiome Ecology Lab at Middle Tennessee State University is seeking an outstanding MSc student starting August 2023. Research expertise in the Microbiome Ecology Lab is in the areas of molecular evolution and molecular ecology of microorganisms with an emphasis on pathogenic fungi of animals. We use a variety of molecular and microbiological techniques to understand host-microbiome-pathogen associations and the synergistic to antagonistic interactions within these systems. Emerging infectious fungal pathogens are threatening wildlife species world-wide, therefore, we are interested in answering questions that inform management of species of greatest conservation need in the southeastern US. The MSc project will focus on characterizing the Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) gut microbiome in collaboration with the Nashville Zoo. The Nashville Zoo has a captive breeding and reintroduction program to improve Hellbender populations in the southeastern US. Understanding the biodiversity and function of microbes that are present in the digestive tracts of amphibians is critical for insight into their role in host health. The MSc student will have the opportunity to participate in field and outreach activities with zoos and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Interdisciplinary training of the MSc student will occur with Dr. Jason Stajich at University of California, Riverside and Drs. Joey Spatafora and Kerry McPhail at Oregon State University.
Submit a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position, followed by CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores (if available), and contact information for three references to Dr. Donny Walker ( Qualifications: ● BSc with molecular, microbiological, ecological or organismal focus ● The desire to develop quantitative skills in R. ● Ability to perform field work. ● Excellent written and oral communication skills including the desire to publish in peer-reviewed journals. ● Motivated with an excellent work ethic.
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Donny Walker
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