Careers in the Plant Sciences

Graduate Positions -Purdue University

Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN, 47906

Position Title: Graduate Positions -Purdue University
Position Type: Research Assistant
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019
Institution: Purdue University
Department/Division: Botany and Plant Pathology
Field (e.g., systematics): Ecological genetics
City: West Lafayette, IN, 47906
General Information: Graduate positions in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics/genomics at Purdue University.

The Oakley lab at Purdue University ( is looking to recruit 1-2 graduate (PhD or MS) students for Fall 2020.

Our lab is broadly interested in questions related to plant ecological genetic. Based on current research strengths in the lab there are two potential topics for PhD projects. 1) The genetic basis of local adaptation and adaptive traits, and 2) Using heterosis and inbreeding depression as tools to investigate the balance between mutation, drift, and selection in natural populations. Both projects could include some combination of field and growth chamber/greenhouse experiments with wet lab and -omic approaches in our well-developed system of natural populations of Arabidopsis thaliana. I am also open to discussing projects using these and other approaches in other well-established systems. Graduate courses offered by members of the Purdue Center for Plant Biology ( will help to provide training in developing the interdisciplinary skillset needed to address these big questions in evolutionary biology.

I am also interested in recruiting a highly motivated MS student interested in plant mating system evolution, particularly the ecological and genetic factors maintaining outcrossing in highly selfing species.
Qualifications/Requirements: Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, genetics, or plant biology.
Responsibilities: Be a successful graduate student.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): PhD and MS students can apply to the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (
PhD students also have the option of applying to the Interdisciplinary Program in Plant Biology (
Please contact me prior to applying to discuss which option might be best for you. These positions will be funded (including stipend, health insurance, and tuition waiver) by some combination of research and teaching assistantships. Some internal fellowships are available for applications submitted before Nov. 15.

To inquire about graduate research in my lab please contact me by email ( Please include a copy of your CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience, and how these interests/experience fits with current research in the lab. Please contact me by Nov. 1,
Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Chris Oakley,