Graduate position: UtahStateU.MaternalEffectsBees

The Kapheim Lab at Utah State University is recruiting a Ph.D. student for
Fall 2018 to study maternal effects in solitary bees, in collaboration
with Dr. Theresa Pitts-Singer at the USDA-ARS Pollinating Insects
Research Unit. The primary objective of the project is to investigate the
molecular mechanisms and phenotypic consequences of trans-generational
effects. Graduate students will be encouraged to develop their own
research program within the scope of the larger study. Students working
on the project will receive training in field biology, physiology,
transcriptomics, and bioinformatics. Students will also have the
opportunity to participate in outreach and extension activities.

Research in the Kapheim lab addresses the evolutionary processes
responsible for the diversity and plasticity of complex traits. We
seek to understand the developmental and sociogenomic mechanisms
underlying behavior to better understand how it evolves. Our research
is integrated across sub-disciplines of biology, including evolutionary
biology, behavioral ecology, comparative genomics and transcriptomics,
neuroscience, physiology, and metagenomics. For more information, please

The USU Department of Biology is home to a superb faculty with a
diverse set of research interests. USU is located in northern Utah’s
Cache Valley. Situated between two mountain ranges and next to beautiful
Logan Canyon, there are plenty of opportunities for fieldwork, as well
as outdoor recreation, in and around Logan.

This position is supported by a combination of research assistantships
and teaching assistantships for a minimum of five years. This includes
a tuition and partial fee waiver, health insurance, and stipend.

Prospective students are encouraged to email Karen Kapheim at Please include a statement of research
and educational goals, overview of previous research experience,
and CV. To receive full consideration, applications must be
submitted through the USU School of Graduate Studies by December
1, 2017. Please see the USU Biology website for more details