Ph.D. Assistantship in Wildlife Disease Genomics

A graduate student position is available in the Kamath Lab (https://kamathlab.weebly.com/) at the University of Maine, starting in 2019 (Spring, Summer, or Fall semester). The student will join a NSF-funded project on the evolution and transmission of Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, in collaboration with Drs. Wendy Turner at the University at Albany (www.wendyturner.org) and Henriette van Heerden at the University of Pretoria (https://www.up.ac.za/veterinary-tropical-diseases/article/1945572/h-van-heerden). The Ph.D. research project will focus on host-pathogen evolutionary dynamics and the genetic basis for heterogeneity in susceptibility to the B. anthracis bacteria in ungulate hosts of Etosha National Park, Namibia, and Kruger National Park, South Africa. This position will involve interdisciplinary research with strong field, laboratory and analytical components. Data collection will require international fieldwork.

The graduate student will also have the unique opportunity to be part of the interdisciplinary Center for One Health & the Environment (https://sbe.umaine.edu/school/center-for-one-health-the-environment/) and have access to the new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (https://extension.umaine.edu/veterinarylab/) through the UMaine Cooperative Extension.

Location: University of Maine, Orono, ME

Salary: The student will be supported by a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which include a 12-month stipend ($21,333), tuition waiver, and 50% health insurance coverage.

Qualifications:
Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, evolution, epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, bioinformatics, or a related field. Candidates should have relevant research experience, be highly motivated, and have a demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team.

Preferred qualifications: Master’s degree in ecology, evolution, or a related field. Desired candidates will be accomplished in writing, statistics, molecular methods, population/ phylogenetic analyses, genomics, bioinformatics, and/or field skills.

To Apply/Questions: Interested qualified applicants should send a cover letter, current CV, unofficial transcripts, a publication or writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Pauline Kamath at pauline.kamath@maine.edu. The cover letter should describe interest in the project and in graduate study, relevant coursework, research experience, and other qualifications. Letters of reference may be requested for finalists.

The position is available as early as January 22, 2018, but the start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin on December 15th and will continue until the position is filled.
A graduate student position is available in the Kamath Lab (https://kamathlab.weebly.com/) at the University of Maine, starting in 2019 (Spring, Summer, or Fall semester). The student will join a NSF-funded project on the evolution and transmission of Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, in collaboration with Drs. Wendy Turner at the University at Albany (www.wendyturner.org) and Henriette van Heerden at the University of Pretoria (https://www.up.ac.za/veterinary-tropical-diseases/article/1945572/h-van-heerden). The Ph.D. research project will focus on host-pathogen evolutionary dynamics and the genetic basis for heterogeneity in susceptibility to the B. anthracis bacteria in ungulate hosts of Etosha National Park, Namibia, and Kruger National Park, South Africa. This position will involve interdisciplinary research with strong field, laboratory and analytical components. Data collection will require international fieldwork.

The graduate student will also have the unique opportunity to be part of the interdisciplinary Center for One Health & the Environment (https://sbe.umaine.edu/school/center-for-one-health-the-environment/) and have access to the new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (https://extension.umaine.edu/veterinarylab/) through the UMaine Cooperative Extension.

Location: University of Maine, Orono, ME

Salary: The student will be supported by a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which include a 12-month stipend ($21,333), tuition waiver, and 50% health insurance coverage.

Qualifications:
Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, evolution, epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, bioinformatics, or a related field. Candidates should have relevant research experience, be highly motivated, and have a demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team.

Preferred qualifications: Master’s degree in ecology, evolution, or a related field. Desired candidates will be accomplished in writing, statistics, molecular methods, population/ phylogenetic analyses, genomics, bioinformatics, and/or field skills.

To Apply/Questions: Interested qualified applicants should send a cover letter, current CV, unofficial transcripts, a publication or writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Pauline Kamath at pauline.kamath@maine.edu. The cover letter should describe interest in the project and in graduate study, relevant coursework, research experience, and other qualifications. Letters of reference may be requested for finalists.

The position is available as early as January 22, 2018, but the start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin on December 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Type
PhD position
Institution
University of Maine
City
Orono
Country
USA
Closing date
March 15th, 2019
Posted on
December 1st, 2018 05:06
Last updated
December 1st, 2018 05:06
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