A PhD assistantship in disease ecology is available in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Memphis. The successful candidate will be funded in part on a collaborative project with researchers at Virginia Tech, UConn, and Univ. of San Diego, studying the causes and consequences of heterogeneity in susceptibility to infection, using house finches and Mycoplasma gallisepticum as a model system. This position will provide numerous opportunities to learn from diverse researchers in disciplines ranging from microbiology to mathematical modeling. In addition to running experiments on susceptibility, the PhD student will be expected to develop an independent line of inquiry that complements the main project. Specific foci could include, but are emphatically not limited to, the covariation of susceptibility and behavioral or tissue-specific tolerance at the inter-population or inter-species levels.
Official qualifications for the Department of Biological Sciences can be found here:
Ideal candidates will possess an MS in biology or a related field and/or have exceptional research experience in undergraduate or post-baccalaureate years. Desired qualifications include excellent writing abilities, strong quantitative skills (I am an unabashed R fan), experience in animal behavior and basic molecular techniques (e.g. ELISA, PCR). Don’t feel you need to meet all of those qualifications to apply—that’s just a list of good possibilities.