Careers in the Plant Sciences

Graduate Assistantship: Genetics and Genomics of Invasive Fern

University of Louisiana at Lafayette - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Position Title: Graduate Assistantship: Genetics and Genomics of Invasive Fern
Position Type: Research Assistant
Application Review Begins: Friday, December 13, 2019
Application Deadline: Monday, June 01, 2020
Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department/Division: Department of Biology
Field (e.g., systematics): Systematics, genomics, population genetics, invasive species
City: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
General Information: The Sigel lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is recruiting a PhD student interested in pursuing research on the phylogenetics, population genetics, and genomics of the invasive aquatic fern Salvinia molesta. Widely considered one on the world's most invasive and understudied weeds, Salvinia molesta poses an extreme ecological and economic burden in the southeastern United States. This project will involve extensive sampling of contemporary populations and historic herbarium specimens to infer the evolutionary origins of Salvinia molesta, as well as characterize its genetic and epigenetic variation within Louisiana and the adjacent Gulf of Mexico Coastal Region.

This graduate position is part of the NSF funded Consortium for Plant INvasion Genomics (CPING), centered out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This consortium unites researchers several institutions conducting similar projects that leverage herbarium specimens to better understand the evolutionary dynamics underlying plant invasions. This position will be supported by a two years of research assistantship, followed by a guaranteed teaching assistantship support or the possibility of a University graduate fellowship. The preferred start date is August 2020, with the possibility of beginning fieldwork in June 2020.

The ideal candidate for this position is a passionate and
motivated scientist with previous research experience in evolutionary
biology, phylogenetics, genomics, or a related field. Previous experience with molecular lab skills, phylogenetics, genomic-scale datasets, and coding is highly preferred but not required. A desire to participate in field collection, learn new skills, and work collaboratively with others is necessary.
Qualifications/Requirements: The ideal candidate for this position is a passionate and
motivated scientist with previous research experience in evolutionary
biology, phylogenetics, genomics, or a related field. Previous experience with molecular lab skills, phylogenetics, genomic-scale datasets, and coding is highly preferred but not required. A desire to participate in field collection, learn new skills, and work collaboratively with others is necessary.
Responsibilities: The Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has a large and productive graduate program, with relatively low TA teaching
loads, guaranteed funding for PhD students, and many available fellowships.
We have a strong research program in Evolutionary Biology with nine new faculty members in the last 5 years. Information on our graduate program and curriculum can be found at https://biology.louisiana.edu/programs/graduate.

Lafayette is a college town in south-central Louisiana in the heart of Acadiana, a region known for its Cajun culture, food, and music. Learn more at https://www.lafayettetravel.com/explore/history-of-acadiana.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): If interested, please email Dr. Erin Sigel (erinsigel@louisiana.edu; erinsigel.net). Include a CV and a cover letter briefly summarizing your relevant experiences and interest in the position.
Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Erin Sigel, erinsigel