PhD student; Bat disease ecology; Arkansas

Agency
University of Arkansas
Location
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
TBD
Start Date
08/01/2022
Last Date to Apply
11/01/2021
Website
https://www.diseaseecology.org/
Description
The lab of Dr Kristian Forbes at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is recruiting a graduate student to study viruses in east African bats. The successful applicant will join an international team to address diverse aspects of host-virus relationships and their environmental context. Field research will be conducted in Kenya and Rwanda. Rwanda is an expansion for our group and provides an exciting opportunity for the student to help define the initial questions and approaches. The project will include international travel (some trips will likely last for multiple months) and project management; respect for and an interest in learning about different countries and cultures is important. Applicants should have wide interests in biological sciences, including wildlife biology, zoonotic infections, and disease ecology. Previous experience working with bats and conducting laboratory diagnostic assays (e.g., PCR) will be highly regarded. The successful applicant will be supported by a graduate teaching assistantship and opportunities may also be available for fellowships. The successful applicant will ideally begin in August 2022. Fayetteville is located in a beautiful natural area amongst the Ozark Mountains, with a wide range of recreational and cultural activities in close proximity such as museums, theatres, hiking, cycling, kayaking and fishing; it regularly ranks amongst top US cities to live. Please note that the GRE is required for this position. For more information on the position, please contact Dr Forbes at kmforbes@uark.edu. To apply, please send to the above email address: 1) a cover letter of maximum one page outlining your research interests and career goals, 2) your CV and academic transcripts, including GRE results, and 3) contact information for two referees. Submit applications by November 1, 2021, to be assured full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.
Qualifications
Applicants should have wide interests in biological sciences, including disease ecology, One Health concepts, wildlife biology, and zoonotic diseases. Previous experience working with bats, conducting fieldwork in foreign countries, and conducting laboratory diagnostic assays (e.g., PCR) will be highly regarded.
Contact Person
Kristian Forbes
Contact eMail
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