Graduate position: TennesseeTechU.ShrimpSpeciation

Masters Student Opportunity
Speciation and genome structure in Alpheus snapping shrimp

An MS position is available through the Department of Biology at
Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee; starting date is
between August 2017 and January 2018. The applicant will work with
a collaborative team that includes Dr. Carla Hurt from Tennessee Tech
University, Dr. Kristin Hultgren from Seattle University, and Dr. Arthur
Anker from Universidade Federal do Ceara. The successful applicant will
investigate the evolution of genome size and chromosomal rearrangements
and the contribution of genome size evolution to species diversification
in the tropical snapping shrimp genus Alpheus.  The student would optimize
techniques for characterizing chromosomal structure and genome size data
and interpret this information in a phylogenetic context. This project
will be funded by the National Geographic Society.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a B.S. in Biology or
closely related field and a strong academic record.  A GPA of at least
3.5 in the highest degree earned is required.  The successful candidate
should demonstrate an interest in molecular genetics and systematics.
The student will need to possess an aptitude for research in a molecular
genetics laboratory as well as an ability to conduct field work; scuba
diving experience is preferred (but not required).  Previous experience
working in a molecular laboratory is preferred but exceptional applicants
without experience will be considered.  Financial support (stipend and
full tuition waiver) will be provided through a Teaching Assistantship
and will be renewable annually contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Interested students are encouraged to e-mail me ( Please
include a short description of your academic background, research
interests and your CV, along with contact information for three
references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately.