Ph.D. Positions in Neuroendocrinology
We seek to recruit two highly motivated Ph.D. students with strong interests in neuroendocrinology to work with Christopher Leary, Lainy Day, and Susan Balenger in the Department of Biology (biology.olemiss.edu) at the University of Mississippi (https://www.olemiss.edu/). The successful candidates will be directly involved in NSF funded research aimed at understanding how changes in gene dosage associated with polyploidization in the gray treefrog species complex impact neuroendocrine regulation. Students will learn mechanisms of endocrine control, hormone manipulation procedures, radioimmunoassay, immunocytochemistry, and brain anatomy and sectioning. Research results will be integrated with steroid receptor mRNA expression levels from brain regions regulating gonadal and glucocorticoid production and steroid binding protein data. The candidates will be directly involved in extensive field data collection from populations of frogs across the eastern United States and broader impacts initiatives aimed at training high school and undergraduate students. Previous training in neuroendocrinology, radioimmunoassay procedures, immunocytochemistry, brain sectioning, or experience working with amphibians is highly desirable but not required. The candidate will be expected to present their findings at scientific conferences and prepare manuscripts for publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
Required Qualifications: A strong interest in pursuing dissertation research involving amphibians, endocrinology, and neurobiology. Ability to work long hours in the field at night at various locations throughout the eastern U.S. This position is for a term of up to four years as a research assistant during the Spring and Summer and will be supplemented with departmental teaching assistantships during the Fall semester.
Please send inquiries to Christopher Leary (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposed Start Date: Fall semester 2022 or Spring 2023.