Graduate student assistantship (U. Maryland): Ecological/conservation genomics of trees

The Gugger Lab <> at the University of

Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking a motivated

Ph.D. or M.S. student to develop a thesis project on ecological,

evolutionary, or conservation genomics of trees. The lab uses

next-generation sequencing approaches to understand how populations of

long-lived trees respond evolutionarily to environmental change, the

molecular basis of local adaptation, the factors influencing population

genetic variation, the role of hybridization in adaptation and speciation,

and implications for conservation under global change.

The ideal applicant will have prior research experience in population

genetics or plant ecology/evolution, molecular laboratory skills, strong

quantitative skills, and proficiency in or interest in learning basic


The graduate student will matriculate through the Marine, Estuarine, and

Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate Program ( at

the University of Maryland, College Park but will reside at the Appalachian

Laboratory in scenic Frostburg (western MD, for

the duration of the degree. Three years of support are available through

research assistantships, with additional support possible through teaching

assistantships and fellowships (e.g.,

<>). Starting date can be as

soon as January 2018 and no later than Fall 2018.

To apply, please first email Paul Gugger ( a single PDF

containing (1) a statement of interest, (2) a CV, and (3) contact

information for three references. Please indicate =E2=80=9CGenomics graduat=


position=E2=80=9D in your subject line.

UMCES is an affirmative action, EOE. Individuals with disabilities,

veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.