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PhD student in Genetics and Genomics of Invasive Fern, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA

Type of position PhD graduate student
Employer UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE
Location Lafayette, LA
Description of Location Lafayette is a college town in south-central Louisiana in the heart of Acadiana, a region known for its Cajun culture, food, and music. Learn more at https://www.lafayettetravel.com/explore/history-of-acadiana.
Salary research assistantship
Closing date of competition 02/01/2020
Date position available 09/01/2020
Description of duties

The Sigel lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is recruiting a PhD student interested in pursuing research on the phylogenetics, population genetics, and genomics of the invasive aquatic fern Salvinia molesta. Widely considered one on the world’s most invasive and understudied weeds, Salvinia molesta poses an extreme ecological and economic burden in the southeastern United States. This project will involve extensive sampling of contemporary populations and historic herbarium specimens to infer the evolutionary origins of Salvinia molesta, as well as characterize its genetic and epigenetic variation within Louisiana and the adjacent Gulf of Mexico Coastal Region.

This graduate position is part of the NSF funded Consortium for Plant INvasion Genomics (CPING), centered out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This consortium unites researchers several institutions conducting similar projects that leverage herbarium specimens to better understand the evolutionary dynamics underlying plant invasions. This position will be supported by a two years of research assistantship, followed by a guaranteed teaching assistantship support or the possibility of a University graduate fellowship. The preferred start date is August 2020, with the possibility of beginning fieldwork in June 2020.

The Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has a large and productive graduate program, with relatively low TA teaching loads, guaranteed funding for PhD students, and many available fellowships. We have a strong research program in Evolutionary Biology with nine new faculty members in the last 5 years. Information on our graduate program and curriculum can be found at https://biology.louisiana.edu/programs/graduate.

Qualifications sought

The ideal candidate for this position is a passionate and
motivated scientist with previous research experience in evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, genomics, or a related field. Previous experience with molecular lab skills, phylogenetics, genomic-scale datasets, and coding is highly preferred but not required. A desire to participate in field collection, learn new skills, and work collaboratively with others is necessary.

Application procedure  
Submit what If interested, please email Dr. Erin Sigel (erinsigel@louisiana.edu; erinsigel.net). Include a CV and a cover letter briefly summarizing your relevant experiences and interest in the position.
Submit to Dr. Erin Sigel: erinsigel@louisiana.edu; erinsigel.net
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