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Graduate Position in Conservation and Evolutionary Genomics

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

The Cassin Sackett Lab at the University of South Florida ( is looking for a highly motivated graduate student to study population genomics and the evolution of tolerance to avian malaria in Hawaiian honeycreepers. The student will use comparative genomics to investigate the evolution of tolerance to Plasmodium relictum in several closely related species of Hawaiian honeycreepers. This work is part of a large collaborative research effort funded by NSF's Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program, and work will be done in coordination with Rob Fleischer at the Smithsonian Institution and Jeff Foster at Northern Arizona University. A PhD student is preferred, but Master's student applications will also be considered.

The position is supported by a research assistantship for two years, with additional time supported by teaching assistantships. The position will be based in USF's Department of Integrative Biology ( Interested applicants should contact for inquiries. The desired start date is summer/fall 2018.


Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in biology, computer science, or a related field. We are looking for a student who is motivated, hard-working, and passionate about topics in evolutionary biology. The student should have or be willing to develop excellent organizational and communication skills, bioinformatics skills, and experience in population genetics and molecular evolution. Students should also possess the desire/willingness to engage in outreach. The Cassin Sackett lab is committed to increasing diversity in STEM, and we especially encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and other underrepresented groups.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should notify me at of their intent to apply; applications are due by February 15 following the guidelines at . Earlier applications are encouraged.

Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
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Participating Institution(s):
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University of South Florida (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Computational Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Genetics & Genomics
Molecular Biology
STEM Fields

Adaptive Radiation
Disease Association Studies
Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Genetics

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 3/4/2018
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