The Leydet (https://leydetlabesf.weebly.com/) & Downs (https://sites.google.com/site/cynthiajdowns/home) Labs are seeking a PhD applicants for a collaborative field/laboratory research project seeking to understand impacts of landscape on tick and tick-borne disease ecology. The successful applicant will have significant flexibility in the specifics of their project but will be expected to work closely with both lab groups this collaborative project. Generally, the student will employ fieldwork, molecular tools, physiological assays, and spatial/ecological statistics to delineate ecological factors influencing ticks and their diseases. We expect the applicant will also work closely with other faculty at ESF studying habitat/land management, wildlife sciences, and conservation.
Terms of the Position: We are seeking an applicant to begin Summer/August 2021. The student will be supported by a combination of research and teaching assistantships (~$22,000/year plus full tuition waiver and benefits including medical, dental, and vision).
Required Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have a Master’s degree with an interest in vector-borne diseases (exceptional candidates with an undergraduate degree will also be considered). The applicant should be experienced in concepts of disease/community/landscape ecology and animal physiology. Strong organization, quantitative, and communication skills and a valid driver's license are required.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in molecular biology lab work, including PCR, DNA sequencing, and sequence analysis. Experience with small mammal trapping and handling. Experience with managing large data sets, spatial statistic, and Program R. A strong record of academic and research achievements.
Competitive applicants typically have a GPA 3.5 or higher and GRE scores above average in all categories with 2 of the 3 scores > 75th percentile, prior publications or manuscripts in review preferred.
For more information, please email Dr. Brian Leydet (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Application Deadline: This is a repost applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Send the following to email@example.com: CV, statement of research goals, copy of transcripts, copy of GRE scores. Documents should be submitted as a single PDF named: tick.pdf (e.g., Leydet_tick.pdf). The email should contain the subject line "Tick Ecology".
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