Ph.D. - Graduate Research Assistantship
Location: University of Florida – Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center (FLREC)
We seek a highly motivated PhD student to study insect vectors of lethal yellowing (LY) and Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD). The student will be conducting both basic and applied research that integrates molecular work and field-based work that relate to vector discovery and management. The student will be expected to publish both scientific articles as well as extension publications. Field and lab work will be conducted in south Florida, based at FLREC with potential for international travel and research within the Caribbean basin. The candidate is required to have a strong background in molecular techniques as well as excellent insect identification and taxonomic skills as well as rearing techniques. Also, the candidate should have experience with conducting transmission assays under lad and field conditions. It is preferred that the candidate has experience with plant pathology (lab techniques, coursework, etc.).
The position is open immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
A full stipend is available for four years beginning from the start date. The student will be advised by Dr. Brian Bahder at FLREC in a newly constructed lab within a cooperative building between the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University.
Requirements: A valid Florida driver’s license, valid passport, MSc degree (entomology preferred, but any life science degree that meets the qualifications is acceptable), fluency in English.
Preferred: Publication record from Masters program, high proficiency in Spanish
Students interested should send a one-page cover letter, two-page research statement that includes past and present research projects and outcomes as well as future research goals, CV, and unofficial academic transcripts from bachelors and masters programs, and the contact information of 3 to 4 references to Dr. Brian Bahder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding the position, email or call Dr. Bahder at (954)577-6305.
Once a candidate is selected, they will need to submit a formal application with University of Florida graduate school.