Careers in the Plant Sciences

PhD Position

Michigan Technological University - Houghton, Michigan, United States

Position Title: PhD Position
Position Type: Research Assistant
Application Review Begins: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 01, 2024
Institution: Michigan Technological University
Department/Division: Department of Biological Sciences
Field (e.g., systematics): Ecology and Evolution
City: Houghton, Michigan, United States
General Information: PhD Student Opportunity to Join Dr. Erika Hersch-Green’s Research Group in Plant Evolutionary Ecology at Michigan Technological University
I am looking for a graduate student that would like to contribute to research that is examining how plant genome size variation influences the structuring of biodiversity patterning from molecular levels to multispecies communities. Specifically, research will examine how genome size affects plant functional attributes, plant species interactions (with antagonists and mutualists) and responses to global change factors.
Qualifications/Requirements: Qualifications:
• Required: (1) A MS in the fields of ecology or evolutionary biology or a closely related discipline. (2) Prior work experience in a field setting OR with molecular/transcriptome work. (3) Good (demonstrable) English scientific writing skills. (4) Ability to work well independently and as part of a team. (5) Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Desired: (1) Good quantitative/statistics background. (2) Interest in community outreach. (3) A US driver’s license upon starting.
Responsibilities: Position Details:
• With guidance from Dr. Hersch-Green, student will lead the development of their specific research questions and projects based upon their specific interests.
• Student will have opportunities to:
o conduct experiments in lab, greenhouse, and/or field settings (,
o collaborate with national and international scientists (see:,,
o participate in outreach and scientific communication activities,
o work with a fun, supportive lab group to foster an equitable learning environment for everyone.
• The anticipated start date Summer or Fall 2024.
• Funding (including tuition) in the form of graduate research and teaching assistantships is included.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Qualified and interested candidates should email Dr. Erika Hersch-Green ( to express interest. In this email please include an updated CV and a statement of interest addressing required and desired qualifications and describing what area of research you are most interested in exploring and any previous experience in this area.

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2024, at which time I will contact the most qualified candidates for virtual interviews. Individuals from traditionally excluded groups in science and higher education are encouraged to apply.
Web Link: http://
Compensation Range: Tuition and Stipend
Contact Name: Erika Hersch-Green,