The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for a new Ph.D. student position to begin in summer (ideally) or fall 2022. We are looking for an independent, self-motivated student who is passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology, disease biology, and conservation. The project involves field-based investigations at our long-term study sites in California (during the summers) while the academic year is based in Boulder, Colorado. It offers a unique opportunity to develop exciting questions at the interface of disease ecology and conservation biology, including how severe drought and biodiversity losses alter patterns of parasite transmission and disease pathology. It also affords an opportunity to conduct fieldwork and experiments on a broad range of taxa (amphibians, fishes, macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, waterbirds).
If you are interested in joining our lab, please send a letter of interest to Dr. Johnson (Pieter.firstname.lastname@example.org) with all of the following information:
Curriculum vitae or Resume
If you haven’t drafted a CV or resume before, see this guide for information on getting started.
Your general research interests, previous experience, and how you will contribute to work already being pursued in the lab.
Why you are specifically interested in the work being done in the Johnson Lab?
Read some of our latest papers, current projects, and grad student bios to get a feel for research areas that align with your interests.
Whether you have applied for any external fellowships?
Unlike professional training schools (medical school, veterinary school), you will not need to pay your own tuition to attend graduate school in the EBIO department. Rather, your tuition will likely be covered by a combination of external fellowships (national or statewide agencies that provide funding), internal fellowships (college-wide funding opportunities), research assistantships and teaching assistantships. In addition to covering your tuition, these forms of funding also provide you with a salary to support you financially during your time in graduate school. All students admitted to EBIO are guaranteed 5 years of funding through TAships, although we strongly encourage students to apply for external fellowships. External fellowship opportunities include: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, among others.
How you plan to contribute to efforts promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in science.