PhD and MS Positions in Insect Plant Interactions – Alabama

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
tuition waiver, stipend, health insurance
Last Date to Apply
The newly established Kersch-Becker lab at the University of Alabama is seeking highly motivated PhD or MS students with keen interest in chemical ecology and insect-plant interactions to begin in Spring or Fall 2020. The Kersch-Becker lab examines complex multi-species interactions involving plants, pathogens, herbivores and predators. The lab research focuses on the underlying mechanisms by which chemical signals shape multitrophic species interactions, population dynamics, and community structure of plants and arthropods. Our work integrates observational and manipulative laboratory and field experiments with analytical chemistry and rigorous quantitative analyses. Research involves insect colony and plant care, chemical analyses, laboratory bioassays, data management and analysis, manuscript preparation and submission. To apply, please send the following documents to no later than September 1st: 1. a cover letter describing your research interests and prior experiences that have prepared you for graduate work in the Kersch-Becker lab 2. CV 3. your undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is fine), 4. GRE scores and TOEFL (if applicable), 5. a sample of your scientific writing (e.g., manuscript, lab report), and 6. contact information for 3 references. The position comes with a full tuition waiver, a competitive 12-month stipend and health insurance. Funding is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistantship through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research Assistantship during the student’s first year.
Education in the Life Sciences with an emphasis or interest in Ecology or Entomology, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Applicants should have a background in many of the following: ecology, entomology, analytical chemistry and molecular techniques, statistics, and field work. Students' projects can be tied into ongoing research in the lab or developed according to mutual interests. Applicants should be prepared to conduct independent field and laboratory research.
Contact Person
Monica Kersch-Becker
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