Graduate position: disease ecology

The Becker lab at the University of Alabama is seeking a highly motivated PhD or MS student to begin in Spring, Summer or Fall 2018.

Research will focus on the integrative mechanisms that underlie host-pathogen-microbiome interactions in amphibians. The student will conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory experiments in tropical and/or temperate systems to understand how environmental change and biotic forces impact the risk of chytridiomycosis in amphibians with aquatic larvae and direct development. Research involves fungal culturing, molecular analyses of host skin microbiota, laboratory experiments, data management and analysis, manuscript preparation and submission, and animal care.

Applicants should have a background in many of the following: evolutionary ecology, molecular techniques, statistics, GIS, and fieldwork. Applicants should be highly motivated and prepared to conduct independent field and laboratory research.

All application materials should be completed online via the University of Alabama Graduate School application portal:

Deadline for spring admission: Dec-10

The position comes with a full tuition waiver, a competitive 12 month stipend and health insurance. Funding is available as a Graduate Teaching Assistant through the Department of Biological Sciences. Highly qualified applicants may be considered for Graduate School Fellowships, which offer a Research Assistantship during the student’s first year. Funding for summer fieldwork expenses and conference attendance are available.

Additional information is available from the following links:

Dr. Gui Becker’s profile page:

Department of Biological Sciences:

Graduate School:

University of Alabama:


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