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University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa: PhD Positions, Integrative Tardigrade Biology

(posted 2020-12-21)

I am seeking highly motivated PhD applicants to join my lab at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa to study tardigrade biology ranging from molecular “omics” perspectives through to their macroevolutionary dynamics, beginning in the Fall of 2021. The successful applicants will join a diverse team of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students employing integrative approaches (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, cytology, morphometrics, population genetics, phylogenomics, ecology and evolutionary modeling) to unpack the fascinating biology of these so-called “toughest animals on earth” and their interactions with their cryptogamic habitats. Potential projects include but are not limited to: phylogenetic comparative method development; comparative morphometrics, genome sequencing and differential gene expression analysis of tardigrades and / or their host cryptogams; signaling molecule characterization, or tardigrade systematics. Graduate students will also be expected to participate in tardigrade discovery outreach, working with local middle and high school students to find and describe tardigrade species using combinations of morphological keys and DNA barcoding approaches. Successful applicants will be supported by research and teaching assistantships that cover tuition and living expenses. Applicants must have previous research experience in related areas (preference will be given to candidates with a MS in hand), strong analytical, laboratory or field skills, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. Under-represented minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should email a CV, contact details for at least 2 references, and a short description of their research interests and experience to:

Dr. Jason Pienaar
Department of Biological Sciences
The University of Alabama

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Review of applications will begin on January 10th, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.