Graduate position: UNotreDame.EvolutionPathogens

The Perkins Lab at the University of Notre Dame is seeking exceptional
students interested in studying diverse topics related to the epidemiology,
ecology, and evolution of vector-borne pathogens. Research activities in
the lab involve the use of a wide range of mathematical, statistical, and
computational tools to address basic and applied research topics, including

(1) forecasting spatiotemporal variability in pathogen transmission and
disease incidence,
(2) leveraging pathogen genetic data to make inferences about pathogen
(3) coupling mathematical models with empirical studies of vaccines and
vector control, and
(4) blending modeling and experiments to understand and mitigate the
evolution of vector resistance.

In addition to a collegial lab environment with members at a variety of
career stages and from diverse backgrounds, students will have
opportunities for mentorship from and collaboration with a number of
intramural and extramural colleagues. A passion for developing and applying
innovative quantitative approaches for extracting meaning from empirical
data and/or elucidating new biological understanding using theoretical
approaches is essential. Engaging in the collection of empirical data is
encouraged, but not required.

Interested applicants should email the PI, Alex Perkins, at
after seeking more information at Top
applicants will have prior experience in research and a demonstrated
commitment to learning new quantitative and computer programming skills.

Funding is guaranteed via a mixture of research and teaching assistantships
for 5 years. The University of Notre Dame offers excellent benefits, a full
tuition waiver, and a generous stipend (~$29K for 2017). A variety of
fellowship opportunities are open to top applicants. For more information
regarding the Biology Graduate Program, see and The deadline for receipt of all application
materials for the PhD program is December 1, 2017.

Alex Perkins <>