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Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Available graduate study opportunities will be posted here as they arise. If the table is empty, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Heather McAuslane (gradc@ifas.ufl.edu), as new funding may become available at any time.

OpportunityDescriptionDue/Contact
Graduate Research
Assistantship (PhD)

The Branham Laboratory at the University of Florida (Department of Entomology and Nematology) is seeking a highly motivated student interested in conducting PhD research on firefly systematics/phylogenetics and the ultrastructure of firefly light organs.

The selected applicant will be offered a 4-year assistantship with stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance, and will need to meet the admission requirements for the doctoral program at the University of Florida (http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/academics-directory/graduate-studies/). International fieldwork, museum research and participation in outreach activities are required. The research goals of this assistantship are in line with the goals specified in our recently awarded NSF grant, but some flexibility exists in the focus of the resulting dissertation.

Anticipated start date of assistantship, August 2017.

Interested candidates should
send an email describing
their past experience and
their motivation for pursuing
a Ph.D., along witha CV
(including GPA and GRE scores),
collegetranscripts (unofficial is ok),
and the names and contact
information for 2-3 references.
Interested applicants are
encouraged to contact
Dr. Marc Branham at
marcbran@ufl.edu ASAP.

http://www.branhamlab.com/

Graduate Research
Assistantship (PhD)

Insect Vectors of Phytoplasmas Infecting Palm Trees

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, however priority will be given to applications submitted by November 1st, 2016, starting the position in January of 2017.

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 bbahder@ufl.edu

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.

Ph.D. Graduate Research
Assistantship position: 
Insect ecology, 
conservation, 
and management on
golf courses

The Dale Lab is currently seeking a bright, highly motivated Ph.D. graduate student to investigate the role of alternative golf course habitats in the ecology, conservation, and management of insects in urban environments. Primary interests include utilizing out-of-play areas on golf courses to promote wildlife conservation, biological control of pests, and natural resource conservation, as well as the effects of broader landscape-level factors.

Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a Ph.D., along with a CV (including GPA and GRE scores), college transcripts (unofficial is ok), and the names and contact information for 2-3 references

Adam Dale, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Entomology & Nematology
University of Florida, Gainesville
352-273-3976
agdale@ufl.edu

Website: adamgdale.org

Graduate Student Assistantship
Horticultural Entomology

Biological control of Asian citrus psyllid
Diaphorina citri

(graduate student assistantship for PhD)

 

A graduate student assistantship for PhD is available in Dr. Jawwad Qureshi’s entomology lab at the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) in Fort Pierce FL. Research work will focus on the role of biological control in the management of Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri in Florida’s landscape. Both basic and applied aspects will be considered involving laboratory and field component. Majority of courses in entomology are available online which provide student with the opportunity to spend more time at the research center where they will be based and conduct research work. Student will be expected to publish both peer reviewed and extension publications therefore fluency in English and writing skills are important. The position is open immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found; however, priority will be given to applications submitted by November 1st, 2016, starting the position in January of 2017.  Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and further interests in Ph.D., along with a CV (including MS GPA, GRE scores), college transcripts, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Qureshi (jawwadq@ufl.edu).

Dr. Jawwad Qureshi
Assistant Professor,
Horticultural  Entomology
University of Florida

(772) 577-7339

jawwadq@ufl.edu


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