PhD and MS positions: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA
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Graduate Assistantships
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Plant Conservation and Restoration Genomics at Pennsylvania State University - A PhD and MS position are available in conservation and restoration genomics to study genotype-environment interactions for climate adaptation and restoration in forest trees (PhD) and genetic connectivity for grassland species commonly used in restoration (MSc) with Jill Hamilton at Pennsylvania State University. For more information on the Hamilton Lab and the Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics visit the lab website at and In addition, for more information on the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State visit State College is a vibrant university town located in central Pennsylvania close to several major centers with fantastic opportunities for outdoor recreation year-round. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Hamilton ( Please include a brief description of your research interests, a writing sample, and a CV in your email. The positions are fully-funded and includes an annual salary, a tuition waiver and are open to US or international students.
PhD Position: The PhD student will be prepared to combine field-based research monitoring phenotypic trait variation across replicated common garden experiments with genomic analyses (RAD-seq and whole-genome sequencing), with environmental and spatial data. The ideal graduate student will have some experience in computational biology; including population genomics and/or quantitative genetics. There is plenty of room to pursue particular interests in evolutionary and ecological genomics, genetic mechanisms underlying response to environmental cues, adaptive introgression or the origin of species barriers depending on the interest and experience of the candidate. MS Position: Identifying the appropriate seed sources for restoration efforts can be challenging, particularly for geographically isolated populations in the face of changing climates where historical isolation or contemporary fragmentation may have contributed to genetic differences important to adaptation across a species’ range. This project will use genomic data to assess connectivity across fragmented grassland communities for three native forbs commonly used in restoration and will quantify genotype-environment associations for application to seed movement in the context of restoration. The MS student will have some experience in botany, molecular ecology/population genetics, and/or bioinformatics for genomic data analyses, and be prepared to conduct some field-based research in a collaborative environment.
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Jill Hamilton
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